Women have a lower likelihood to receive ICU care

A new study shows that women, and in particular young women, have a lower likelihood to receive ICU care in Switzerland than men, despite being more severely ill. Cathérine Gebhard, course director of the CAS, is last author of the study that was published in mid-April 2021 in the journal Intensive Care Medicine. The retrospective analysis of the data of more than 450,000 neuro- and cardiovascular patients suggests that health care inequalities between women and men might still exist, even in one of the highest ranked health care system worldwide. Careful reassessment of triage algorithms and local protocols might help to ensure optimal and equitable use of critical care resources, thereby improving outcomes.

Read the original publication here.

First international workshop on Sexual dimorphism in cancer

The first international workshop on gender dimorphism in cancer will take place next March, organised among others by the speakers of the oncology module of the CAS. The role of hormonal and genetic differences in cancer susceptibility and response to treatment is still poorly understood. To meet this challenge, there is an urgent need to foster interdisciplinary cross-communication efforts and train the next generation of researchers in basic and translational cancer prevention. Find out more at https://2021sdcmeeting.vfairs.com or on the workshop poster:

SDC Poster 5.02.21

Important news regarding course language and event organisation

All modules will now be in held in English and are organised as hybrid events (simultaneous online and, if pandemic circumstances permit, onsite)

Following on from feedback received from our key target audience, the programme leadership have decided to implement the following changes:

    • All composite modules of the CAS will be held in English. This makes participation possible for interested persons from all parts of the country as well as from other countries. Depending on the participants and particularly in group work, this can be handled flexibly. In consultation with the supervisors, final written assignments in other languages are also possible.
    • All modules of the CAS will be organised as hybrid events, i.e. simultaneous onsite and online events. In practice, this will mean that, if the Covid-19 situation permits, the modules will take place onsite. In addition, online participation is available for all modules.

Please also note that no previous knowledge in sex- and gender-specific medicine is expected in order to attend the CAS.

We are looking forward to exciting discussions, enriched by the different backgrounds and experiences of the participants.

Swiss television reports on sex differences in Covid-19

Under the title “Men – The Weak Covid Sex”, Swiss Television’s health programme “Puls” focused on Monday 21 September on the sex differences in Covid-19 courses. CAS programme director Catherine Gebhard explains the current theories and presents her research in the section: https://www.srf.ch/play/tv/redirect/detail/d020b6eb-d5ff-4bec-bd1c-cad9be5e2c75

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.

 

Start postponed until March 2021!

Given the current situation regarding the new coronavirus we have come to the conclusion that the implementation of the CAS is currently not possible within the desired framework. Since networking and personal exchange of experiences and opinions are an important part of the CAS, we also do not want to conduct the continuing education course online.

Therefore, we have decided to postpone the start of the CAS in Sex- and Gender-Specific Medicine until March 2021. The exact dates of the individual modules will be announced as soon as possible.