BIH Lecture with Prof. Louise Pilote: Measuring the Impact of Sex and Gender on Heart Disease Risk and Outcomes

One of two winners of the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research, Prof. Louise Pilote will talk about her research in a BIH Lecture. During her talk she will introduce her afford to measure the impact of Sex and Gender on heart disease risk and outcomes.

Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) announced the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research for the first time in 2017. 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.

In early December, a jury of international experts selected two winners from the pool of internationally renowned applicants who stood out with their different research approaches. Berlin Institute of Health awards the 2017 BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research to Louise Pilote (McGill University and from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, Canada) and Rhonda Voskuhl (University of California, USA).

Research focus

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

Short biography

Louise 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.

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The BIH lecture with the second award winner, Prof. Rhonda Voskuhl will take place on March 15, 2018.