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January 21, 2021
Gender Research Methodology - How To Add Gender To Sex Differences Research and Very Mixed Methods (VMM)
Mentor: Dr. Gillian Einstein, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
The Women's Brain Health Initiative Trainee-Mentor Sessions intend to provide students with the opportunity to meet and engage with sex and gender experts through informal conversations on diverse topics including professional development and research. To ensure an intimate and valuable experience, each Trainee-Mentor session will be limited to 30 registrants.
Please note that these sessions are for registrants of the Women's Brain Health Conference (2020-2021). If you have not registered for the conference, you may do so here before you register for the session(s) you would like to attend.
Gillian Einstein is The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and Guest Professor of Gender and Health at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden. She is an Adjunct Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute and at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto. She is a board member of the International Gender Medicine Society, Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Gender and Health Advisory Board, and Founder of the Canadian Organization of Gender and Sex (COGS) Research. She is Lead of the Women, Sex, Gender, and Dementia cross-cutting program of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging. She has served as a temporary advisor for the World Health Organization on Female Genital Circumcision/mutilation/cutting (FGC) and has numerous honours such as: Named one of 20 Canadian Brain Research Stars, Brain Canada; The May Cohen Lecture in Women’s Health; Invited Member, CIHR College of Reviewers; Lawrence & Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship in Mind-Body Medicine. She has also been recognized and profiled as a Leader in Women’s Health in Ontario by the Ontario Women’s Health Network and as a feminist voice in Psychology; Profiled in Psychology’s Feminist Voices. She has published on Alzheimer disease, vision, sex differences, Female Genital Cutting, and estrogens’ effects on aging, pain, sleep, memory and mood.
Einstein’s current research studies the effects of ovarian removal on women’s memory and brains at midlife with a focus on how early loss of estrogens plays a role in women’s higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. She also studies cognition in trans-individuals and how different cultures shape the nervous system. Her broader interests encompass aging, memory, the long term effects of hormone treatment, and the bridge between our scientific understanding of the nervous system and larger concerns having to do with self, identity, feminism, and the nature of science. The overarching question of this research is: How do both sex and gender mediate women’s brain health?
She is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Alzheimer’s Society Canada, Women’s Brain Health Initiative, and the Ontario Brain Institute.