10th Annual Johns Hopkins Women’s Health Research Symposium:
“Sex and Gender Aspects of Diseases and Health Across the Lifespan”
The Foundation supported the work of two young investigators who presented their data at this symposium. Cardiologist Dr. Rosanne Rouf developed a mouse model for the investigation of mitral valve prolapse, (a common finding in women). Developmental psychologist Dr. Kristin Voegtline is studying the mechanisms by which the brain becomes male or female during development. These young women were the 2016 winners of the $50,000 grant from the Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. Dr. Legato has announced two more $25,000 grants to be awarded to Johns Hopkins later this year.
For more information on the request for applications, please click here: Sex and Gender RFA 2017
Dr. Marianne Legato, Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer, and specialist in gender-specific medicine. She is founding member of the International Society for Gender Medicine and also the founder and director of The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University and its next iteration, The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. These enterprises are the first collaborations between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender and sex. Her ground breaking textbook on Gender-and Sex Specific Medicine has been published in 2017 in the 3rd edition.
She has published extensively on Gender and Sex Specific Medicine, both scientifically and for the lay public. She is also the founding editor of the journal Gender Medicine, and the Journal Gender and Genome, published for the scientific community. In 1992, Dr. Legato won the American Heart Association’s Blakeslee Award for the best book written for the lay public on cardiovascular disease. She is a practicing internist in New York City and has been listed each year in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” since the feature’s inception in 1993.