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Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research

Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research: Conference on Aspects of Biological Sex and Human Disease

Scientific Program:

Saturday, May 6th, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, May 7th, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Intercontinental-Barclay Hotel
Astor Room
East 48th St and Lexington Ave
New York, NY

The Mary Kirkland Center focuses research on systemic lupus erythematosus, an illness that affects women 9 times as often as men. Each year the Center supports a research meeting on a topic relevant to lupus research. For the 2006 meeting, this conference has chosen to examine the issue of biological sex and human disease, to be co-chaired by Dr. Michael Lockshin, Dr. Stephen Paget, Dr. Mary Crow, and Dr. Jane Salmon.

By way of background, Dr. Lockshin convened a 1999 conference, Gender, Biology, and Human Disease (pdf), that brought together biologists, geneticists, epidemiologists, and clinicians to discuss sex-based evidence for variation in disease. At about the same time, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences convened a committee, of which Dr. Lockshin was a member, that published in 2001 Exploring the Biological Contributors to Human Health-Does Sex Matter? (pdf).

The meeting agenda will consist of half-hour presentations by experts in their particular fields. Individual sessions will examine biology of sex differences at subcellular, genetic, cell, organ, and environmental levels; one session will examine hormones and pregnancy. Each general session will conclude with invited discussants drawing lessons for lupus specifically and human illness generally, and setting forth a research agenda.

Professionals are invited to attend the scientific portion of the program. There is no associated fee but you must register by contacting Pam Quigley (see contact info below).

For more information, please contact:
Pam Quigley
Email: quigleyp@hss.edu
Tel: 212.606.1189