The impact of sex and gender on COVID-19 outcomes in Europe

Cathérine Gebhard, chair of the scientific programme management of the CAS, published a review on the impact of sex and gender on COVID-19 outcomes in Europe. In collaboration with Sabra Klein, Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, Rosemary Morgan, and Hannelore Neuhauser she discusses potential sex-specific mechanisms modulating the course of disease. The article is published in “Biology of Sex Differences”:  https://rdcu.be/b4sMZ

 

Project to investigate the impact of Sex and Gender on COVID-19-outcomes funded

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. sc. nat. Cathérine Gebhard, chair of the course directors of the CAS in Sex- and Gender-Specific Medicine, investigates the impact of Sex and Gender on COVID-19 outcomes. The Swiss National Foundation supports the project “Impact of Sex and Gender on COVID-19 outcomes: Role of ACE-2, TMPRSS2, and gender-specific risk factors” (Project), submitted by Gebhard together with Prof. Dr. med. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, one of the initiators of the CAS, CAS-lecturer Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Vera Regitz and colleagues.

The gender disparities observed in COVID-19 vulnerability clearly emphasize the need to understand the impact of sex and gender on incidence and case fatality of the disease so that treatment in highly vulnerable demographic groups can be timely and tailored to their specific needs. The project will combine clinical data from ongoing cohort studies with retrospective experimental work in mice with. This strategy allows rapid analysis of data and implementation of results. The work will identify both, biological sex- and gender-related predictors of severe variants of COVID-19 and has the potential to contribute to the identification of effective antiviral interventions.

 

Sponsored places

Five partially sponsored places are available for the first cohort of the CAS. The program covers 5,000 Swiss francs, and participants must pay the remaining 4,400 Swiss francs. If you are applying for such a place, please explain in your application how you

      • want to apply the acquired knowledge  in your professional life.
      • can act as “ambassador” to increase awareness of gender specific medicine in science and medicine.

If you are interested, please register here.

 

Reduction for PhDs

PhD students receive a 50 percent discount for the entire CAS as well as for the individual modules (please apply under Comments when registering). The costs for PhD students are CHF 4’700 for the whole CAS and CHF 480 for each individual module.