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Ineke Klinge

Associate Professor of Gender Medicine, University of Maastricht
+31 43 38 81872
Universiteitssingel 40
6200 Maastricht

Ineke Klinge is associate professor of Gender Medicine at Maastricht University. She combined her training in biomedical sciences (specialization Immunology) with gender research. Funded by a KWF fellowship she conducted research into tumor immunology at the Dutch National Cancer Institute. Her PhD thesis Gender and Bones: the Production of Osteoporosis 1941-1996 was published in 1998. After ten years at Utrecht University, Department Natural Sciences and Society, she was appointed at Maastricht University in 1998 as lecturer for gender studies in health sciences. During the last ten years her research has focused on gender and diversity issues in biomedical and health research. Successive grants were obtained from ZonMw and from the European Commission. Since 2000 she has concentrated on EU grants for establishing sex and gender sensitive research throughout Europe.
She published widely on osteoporosis, the female body, medicalization, menopause, and more recently on sex and gender in biomedicine and gender sensitive research methodologies in life sciences and health research. Ineke Klinge taught (inter)national courses on gender and science and has organized national and international workshops on the climacteric, predictive medicine and sex and gender sensitive research. At Maastricht she is responsible for integrating gender and diversity issues in various courses at bachelor level and involved in the development of a European Master in Gender Medicine. She supervises PhD research and master theses in the area of her research interest. During winter semester 2008-2009 she was appointed as Maria-Goeppert-Mayer guest professor in Gender Medicine at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany. In 2010 with Claudia Wiesemann she published the book Sex and Gender in Biomedicine: Theories, Methods, Results and the article Scientific excellence in applying sex- and gender-sensitive methods in biomedical and health research (Journal of Women’s Health, 19(2), 313-321). At the European Science Open Forum (ESOF) in 2010 she organized the session: The Promises of Gender Medicine: are sex and gender the key to a better health care? She was responsible for the topic report (2011) Mainstreaming sex and gender in research of the EU Meta-Analysis of Gender and Science Research project. She is member of the scientific steering committee of EUGiM (European Curriculum in Gender Medicine) and associate partner of ENGENDER (Inventory of good practices in Europe for promoting gender equity in health). She is currently co-director of the Gendered Innovations project (2011-2012) financed by the European Commission, that aims to develop methods of sex and gender analysis for basic and applied research.