This new book by Dr. Francoise Simon, professor at Mount Sinai and Columbia, presents new models of innovation, with cases contributed by healthcare leaders. It shows a new process for the co-creation of new therapies between scientists, clinicians and patients, which leads to a better understanding of different gender roles in prevention and treatment.
The book includes new, digital approaches to personalized medicine and patient-centric care. For instance, clinical trials can be accelerated and improved by the collaboration between biopharmaceutical firms and patient influencers, especially the women “health activators” who care for family and friends. This is supported by virtual communications through devices like the Apple Watch, that allow direct, real-time patient input into ongoing studies. As new therapies are launched, patients can also report on gender-specific responses to treatment, and influence future versions. This new model of collaborative medicine has already yielded new personalized therapies, and holds great promise in the coming years.
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.