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The Berlin Institute of Health awards the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research for the second time in 2019.

The award aims to bring more visibility to sex and gender issues in translational research. It recognizes research excellence among renowned scientists working in the field of basic and/or clinical biomedical research with a focus on sex and gender aspects.

A patient’s biological sex and/or social gender is usually a neglected factor in biomedical research. Yet in order to understand differences in the emergence and progression of diseases and to develop suitable treatments, it is important for such research to take sex and gender differences into account. BIH therefore promotes top-level researchers who incorporate gender aspects into their basic and/or clinical research.


19:00    welcome and introduction by Prof. Dr. Axel R. Pries, Dean of the Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin

19:15    laudatory speech by Prof. Dr. Ineke Klinge

19:30    Keynote lecture of the Award Winner: Prof. Dr. Antoinette Maassen van den Brink on "Migraine in women, from headache to heartache"

20:30    reception with food and drinks

Further information about the Award

Earlier in the day, there will be a symposium on Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research in honour of this award. It is open to students from Master to PhD- level. The program combines both lectures and workshops, where the participants have the opportunity to discuss their own ideas and learn from well-established researchers including the winner of the 2019 BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research. Check out this page for registration. Those who register for the symposium need not register again for this awards ceremony.

About the winner

Dr. Antoinette Maassen van den Brink is Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam,  The Netherlands. She studies the neurovascular aspects of migraine, with a special interest in the role of female sex hormones on its pathophysiology. Her research is translational in origin, including animal in vivo experimental models, human isolated tissue models, as well as human in vivo clinical models. She is a board member of the Dutch Headache Society, Dutch Pharmacology Society and founding board member of the Dutch Society for Gender and Health. Further, she serves as a board member for the European Headache Federation and the Federation of European Pharmacological Societies.   She has received many prestigious research grants and awards from the American Headache Society, International Headache Society, Dutch Heart Foundation, Dutch Brain Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, as well as the  Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). https://pharma.erasmusmc.nl/migraine.html


24.9.2019 7-9 pm 


Robert-Koch-Platz 7
10115 Berlin 


Please register by September 13, 2019 at equal.opportunity@bihealth.de


We are pleased to offer childcare services during this event. Please let us know, if you need childcare,please include for how many children, and what ages in your registration. If you have further questions you can contact the BIH equal opportunity officer Karin Höhne at equal.opportunity@bihealth.de.