At year’s end, thanks are due to each and every one of you for your generous support of our work. You are invaluable to us. Your support has made it possible to continue our new journal, Gender and the Genome, funded new research in supporting young investigators, and made possible our travel to the Vatican in Rome at the invitation of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a tremendous tribute to the value of our work. You also sent us to Vienna to deliver a keynote address to the International Society of Gender-Specific Medicine. Moving into the New Year, we have begun a collaboration with the Menarini Foundation in Italy to initiate a series of international seminars at which investigators from all over the world will assemble to address the most important topics in biomedicine. The first congress is scheduled for July of 2020 and will include a faculty that features Nobel laureates and world class experts from all corners of the globe. A series of important celebrations in the United States at which we will deliver keynote addresses has also been arranged for the beginning of the New Year. Our new book, The Plasticity of Sex, is at the publishers now and will appear in the Spring of next year. Your kindness has underwritten a new administrator, Michelle Tapia, who is already working on our May 14 gala at which I hope to welcome many of you.
Without you, none of this would have been possible. I have written personal notes to each of you to thank you for your generosity; it means everything to us to review what you have done during the past year to further our work. We here at the Foundation wish you every happiness for the New Year and hope your holiday season is rich with friendship and family reunions.
Warmest personal regards and deep gratitude,
Marianne J. Legato, Founder and President
Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine
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.