This workshop is aimed at PHDs and Postdocs

Workshop Contents and Goals


Sex and gender differences in research have obtained an increasing amount of attention since the largest national funding agencies in the EU and the US have decided to include this consideration as a criterion for granting funds. They clearly state that the inclusion of sex and gender in research is a quality criterion for good practice and a lack of its inclusion will likely reduce the validity of your research. Sex and gender do matter!

Do you want to know what the buzz is all about? Do you want to learn how to integrate sex and gender sensitive research in your project? Do you plan to submit a grant within the Eu-ropean research framework Horizon 2020 or with NIH and want to know what you need to do to comply and increase your chances of becoming a successful grantee?

In this seminar we will discuss if and how sex and gender matter in basic science, how to adequately consider them when planning your research, and work on practical examples using your research project as starting point. When leaving the seminar you should be able to answer questions like these: Does it suffice to say how many female and male cells or animals you included in your experiments? Do you need to consider influencing factors for sex and gender and what are they? Does intersectionality make your research more valua-ble or just more complicated and expensive?


Group discussion, short lecture, group work and coaching.

Introduction of Workshop Trainer PD Dr. Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, MD MScPH


PD Dr. Sabine Oertelt-Prigione is a physician specialized in Internal Medicine. During her postdoc years at UC Davis she analyzed sex differences in the etiology of autoimmune dis-eases. She then obtained a Master’s in Public Health from LSHTM and has worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Gender in Medicine at Charité from 2009 until 2016, where she started developing a growing interest in gender sensitive prevention. Her current research interests are the incorporation of gender in user-centered design for preventative measures and the use of design based methods for social innovation in health care.


This event was initiated by the BIH Equal Opportunity Unit in cooperation with the BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy.