Congress Report Edited by Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD| Volume 24, ISSUE 4, P334-335, July 2006

The First World Congress on Gender-Specific Medicine, Berlin, Germany, February 23–26, 2006

      The First World Congress on Gender-Specific Medicine: Men, Women, and Medicine took place in Berlin, with over 300 participants from all over the world. The concept of the meeting was to develop a new view of the biology of sex/gender differences and aging. This has been confirmed by the growing interest in the differences found in clinical research between the ways in which the sexes react to illnesses and treatments. Marianne J. Legato, MD, the president of the congress, is on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, and is the founder and director of the Partnership of Gender-Specific Medicine in New York. She expressed the outstanding issue that gender-specific medicine goes far beyond the archaic ideas that the only significant differences between men and women are in their reproductive biology; in fact, those differences embrace the entire organism.
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