Course catalogue doctoral education - VT22

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Title Sex and Gender Perspectives in Biomedical Research
Course number 5318
Programme Development and regeneration (DevReg)
Language English
Credits 1.5
Date 2021-10-18 -- 2021-10-22
Responsible KI department Department for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology
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 medical 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 (gender dimension) in the field of experimental and clinical medicine with further implementation in cardiovascular, metabolic, neurological, immunological and renal fields of medicine and in experimental and clinical research towards personalized medicine.
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 experimental and clinical research in humans.
III) to account for gender dimension in the research content in their PhD projects and potential grant applications.
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 research topics in the selected research fields. 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 and clinical research towards cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic health, sex-specific cell signaling in health and disease, female and male models for the disease of interest will be linked with presentations of subjects of importance regarding sex/gender perspectives in the diseases development, and with presentation of symptoms, availability and feasibility of treatment regimens and outcomes. Finally, the advice for successful execution of implementation of gender dimension in the research projects and potential grant applications will be discussed with leading experts in the field for Horizon Europe grant applications.
Teaching and learning activities The course consists of an online creative, flexible and free-accessible module SEX AND GENDER IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH that anyone can take in one's own pace (about one day to complete) and face-to-face days with seminars/workshops with guest lecturers (Meet an Expert - Get Inspired). The participants should write a reflective report (1-2 A4 pages;) followed by preparation of a group presentation/s on the topic of interest with application of sex and gender perspective in the content for the selected project or application for a grant for a final presentation day.
Compulsory elements All sections of the course are mandatory and cannot be compensated for.
Examination Exam format:
I) assessment of the web-based course: pass when acquiring the answer to 90% of the questions.
II) presentations of assigned work, either individually or in group.
Literature and other teaching material The majority of the reference literature and teaching materials are presented on the web-based course portal

Additional resources are provided on our platform for KI gendered innovation alliance:

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 Please see more information from comparable course last year; Please see the link below for evaluation from previous comparable course.
Additional course leader Main organiser: Karolina Kublickiene Co-organisers: Liam Ward ; Agne Laucyte-Cibulskiene
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Karolina Kublickiene
Department for Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology

Karolinska Universitetssjukhus-Huddinge campus
Contact person Liam Ward
Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik

Agne Laucyte-Cibulskiene
Institutionen för klinisk vetenskap, intervention och teknik