Course catalogue doctoral education - HT21

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Title Sex and gender perspectives in cardiovascular research
Course number 2944
Programme Development and regeneration (DevReg)
Language English
Credits 1.0
Date 2020-10-19 -- 2020-10-23
Responsible KI department Department of Medicine, Solna
Specific entry requirements Second cycle - Master´s level study in medicine or biomedicine
Purpose of the course ""Every cell has sex and every person is gendered"". This course encourages students to examine the validity and implications of this statement in the field of experimental and clinical cardiovascular research, and; in particular, in relation to their PhD projects. It will focus on what the current evidence and regulations suggest in respect to implementation of sex and gender perspectives in the field of experimental medicine with further implementation in cardiovascular medicine and research.
Intended learning outcomes After completion of both the online module and the face-to-face part of the course, students are expected to be able:
I) to account for sex and gender in biomedical research involving animals, cells or tissues;
II) to account for sex and gender when considering aspects of cardiovascular research in humans.
Contents of the course This short course consists of two modules.
The first module consists of a web-based course developed by Canadian Institute of Gender and Health with the title SEX AND GENDER IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH, as well as individual work designed by course organizers mainly including web based tools for requirement of relevant information.

The face-to-face module will concentrate on cardiovascular research topics. It will include a number of in-house seminars/workshops with guest lecturers (Meet an Expert - Get Inspired) who will facilitate and enhance the learning process as it draws on team-based learning approaches, while promoting a sense of community among the students. Examples of experimental research towards reproductive cardiovascular health, sex-specific cell signaling in health and disease, will be linked with presentations of subjects of importance regarding sex/gender perspectives in cardiovascular disease development, and with presentation of symptoms, availability and feasibility of treatment regimens and outcomes.
Teaching and learning activities The course consists of an online creative, flexible and free-accessible module that anyone can take in one's own pace (about 8 hours to complete) and a face-to-face day with seminars/workshops with guest lecturers (Meet an Expert - Get Inspired).
Compulsory elements The participants must have to pass and get a certificate from the web-based course SEX AND GENDER IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH and attend the seminars/workshop. The participants should write a reflective report (1-2 A4 pages; estimated to take about one day to complete).
Examination Exam format:
I) assessment of the web-based course: pass when acquire the answer to 90% of questions.
II) presentations of assigned work, either individually or in group.
Literature and other teaching material The majority of reference literature and teaching materials are presented on the web-based course portal

Additional resources:

- for reflection on personal research,

- possibility to implementation of a toolkit in EU funded research: how to make research gender sensitive

- discussions on and Sex/Gender Toolbox for Pre-clinical and clinical research by Ritz SA et al. 2014) First steps for integrating sex and gender considerations into basic experimental biomedical research.

Those are also the state of the art tools used when discussing on seminar/workshop on the face-to-face day.

Finally, a knowledge data base which is developed together with Stanford university: It follows examples of case studies where sex and gender perspectives are appreciated in research for cardiovascular health.

Course participants will have organized electronic and/or hardcopy handouts/teaching materials from all lectures. State-of-the-art reference literature for preparation of other learning activities will also be provided.
Number of students 8 - 20
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information The course primarily targets KI PhD students and PostDocs who are interested in implementation of gender dimension in the research content. This course is a great opportunity to endorse methods for implementation of sex and gender aspects in biomedical research as well as utilizing the international competence to follow the KI strategy to comply to implementation of sustainable development goals by 2030.
Additional course leader Docent Karolina Kublickiene CLINTEC Post Doc Liam Ward CLINTEC
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Course responsible Karolina Kublickiene
Department for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology

Karolinska Universitetssjukhus-Huddinge campus
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