In just a few short weeks, our annual appeal letter will be going out. Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to update all our wonderful donors and supporters regarding our research endeavors and grants.
Thanks to the Derfner Foundation’s recent grant, an expert committee of judges chose two more scholars at Johns Hopkins for a year of research support. They are:
Dr. Mark Kohr, who is analyzing the mechanisms that the heart uses to defend itself when the circulation to the heart muscle is interrupted and then restored. Women mount a relatively more robust defense to this process, which can damage the heart, compared with men.
Dr. Noel Muller, who is researching the importance of the intestinal flora in newborn babies, which the baby acquires during normal delivery from the mother’s vagina. This population of “microbes” is important in the defense against infection and in the regulation of metabolism.
We continue to encourage gender-specific scholarship at Columbia University through the Foundation-funded M. Irené Ferrer Award which supports a junior faculty member’s research in the Department of Medicine. This year, the Ferrer Scholar is Dr. Elaine Y. Wan, Esther Aboodi Assistant Professor of Cardiology (in Medicine). She is working on the molecular basis of the gender-specific aspects of atrial fibrillation, the most common of all disturbances in cardiac rhythm and which can have devastating consequences if it is not properly controlled and treated.
We encourage you to visit our Grants page to learn more about our research scientists and the projects we fund.
As you know, The Foundation relies heavily on philanthropy to maintain its important research work. Gifts from individual donors, foundations and corporations support our researchers as they explore the most pressing issues in gender medicine—from heart and autoimmune diseases to microbes, genetics and more. In addition, your gift allows us to mentor and encourage brilliant young scientists—who continue to push the boundaries in finding the answers to so many illnesses that plague our society today. Help us continue their work, please consider making a gift.
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.