Males and females differ in their biochemistry. Often these differences are not considered in early stage and pre-clinical research leading to a biased understanding of human health (e.g. see Nature, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews and Gendered Innovations). The LIBRA project therefore not only aims to address equality in the work place, but also in the research content.
The issue of including sex and gender considerations in pre-clinical experimental design impacts not only on academics, but also has strategic and financial implications for the pharmaceutical industry as well as research funding organisations. Therefore to catalyse change, LIBRA are organising a workshop at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, UK on Sex & Gender in Research & Experimental Design. This will bring funders, industry, publishers and other stakeholders from across Europe together to discuss the challenges and opportunities around this issue with the aim of inspiring participants to carry out and promote better science through the consideration of sex and gender.
The programme can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Isabelle Vernos, Research Professor CRG, Barcelona, ERC Scientific Council Member, LIBRA Coordinator
Sabine Oertelt-Prigione, Professor of Gender in Primary and Transmural Care, Radboud University, Nijmegen
Natasha Karp, Senior Research Statistician, AstraZeneca, Cambridge
Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome Trust, London
Peter Brown, Director of the Irish Research Council, Dublin
Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, AstraZeneca, Cambridge
Paul-Peter Tak, Senior Vice President of R&D, GSK, Stevenage
Ana Puy, Director of the Women and Science Unit (UMyC) of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain
Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Professor, Imperial College, London
Wilbert Zwart, Group Leader, NKI, Amsterdam
Additional confirmed organisations are Cancer Research UK, ScienceEurope, Swiss National Science Foundation, German Research Foundation, Swedish Research Council, NC3Rs, AAAS Science International, Advance HE (Athena SWAN Charter), UK Home Office, Sanita Italian Funding Agency, Dutch Cancer Society (KWF), Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, MedImmune, Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, UK)