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Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Purpan (Toulouse-France)

29 Mar 2018

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Symposium about sexual dimorphism and gender in toxicology and health

The Research Center in Food Toxicology Toxalim is organizing on the 29th of march a scientific symposium on the topic of sexual dimorphism in toxicology and health. It will focus on both questions of sex differences in biology, and the impact of gender on scientific inputs.

Updated on 02/01/2018
Published on 01/31/2018

Sexual dimorphism represents the physiological and behavioral differences between individuals of different sex within the same species. It is an important issue in pre-clinical and clinical research (the inclusion of women in clinical research has become mandatory since 1993).

However, in pre-clinical research and more specifically in toxicology, this revolution has not taken place yet, either in the development of experimental designs, or in data analysis of research on animal or cellular models. This can be deleterious: women are more prone to the side effects of drugs than men. Moreover, in animals, different toxic effects between males and females have been described.

Thus, the objectives of this symposium will be:

  • to strengthen the audience's knowledge on the topic of sexual dimorphism
  • to present some of the molecular mechanisms that govern sexual dimorphism in models commonly used in toxicological research
  • to question the role of gender in developing research questions
  • to stimulate discussion about the relevance of including both sexes in studies (animal and cellular models)

Registration is free, and on a first-come first-served basis (number of attendees is limited to 150). Participants must take care for their trip to Toulouse and accommodation in the area.

Online registration deadline: 19 March 2018

Website of the event

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Associated Division(s):
Animal Health , Nutrition, Chemical Food Safety and Consumer Behaviour