Talking biography: A networking event for women scientists with Prof. Louise Pilote

This event was initiated by the BIH Equal Opportunity Unit and is part of the program FEMALE CAREER@BIH.


Talking Biography is a networking event for women scientist from BIH, Charité and MDC. Early and intermediate career women scientists are offered the opportunity to network with a distinguished researcher. During this open, informal seminar, topics such as career planning, conducting negotiations and academic committee participation will be discussed. The invited speaker will talk about her career and the participants have the opportunity to ask questions and to network with each other.
Prof. Louise Pilote from Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, one of the award winners of the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research will be our guest and share insights from her career path.

About Prof. Louise Pilote

Dr Pilote holds a James McGill chair and is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University and a researcher at Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). She completed her medical degree and residency in internal medicine at McGill University. She completed an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr Pilote's interests include cardiovascular epidemiology, outcomes research and health services research. She has published several studies answering questions on the effectiveness of cardiovascular care. Her research focuses on women and vascular diseases through the lifespan. She applies health services, outcomes, clinical trials and comparative effectiveness methods to answer questions about sex differences in the safety and effectiveness of drugs and procedures.

She is one of the few physicians to have specialized on the effect of gender-related differences in cardiovascular research. To date, most research approaches have focused exclusively on biological sex differences, neglecting the impact of gender identity and roles. Pilote considers these criteria in her research, using a “gender score” she developed to investigate the possible effects of sex and gender differences when it comes to medical issues such as cardiovascular diseases and to develop therapeutic approaches.