Melina Kibbe to be featured speaker at American Scientist Pizza Lunch

Melina Kibbe, MD, the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery, will give a talk titled, "When Mice Are Men: Sex Bias in Biomedical and Clinical Research," on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Melina Kibbe to be featured speaker at American Scientist Pizza Lunch click to enlarge Melina Kibbe, MD

Melina Kibbe, MD, the Colin G. Thomas, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will be the featured speaker in the American Scientist Pizza Lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Her talk is titled, "When Mice Are Men: Sex Bias in Biomedical and Clinical Research."

While the Revitalization Act was passed in 1993 to increase enrollment of women in clinical trials, there has been little focus on sex disparity in biomedical and clinical research since then. Data shows that sex bias exists in surgical biomedical and clinical research. For biomedical research, investigators study predominately male animals and male cells. For human clinical research, few studies include men and women equally, and less than one-third perform data analysis by sex. Because biomedical and clinical research serves as the foundation for evidence-based medicine, it is imperative that this disparity be addressed so that therapies are developed that benefit both sexes. This talk will highlight the efforts by Dr. Kibbe and others to address the sex bias that exists in biomedical and clinical research. These efforts contributed to the new NIH policy that now requires investigators to outline their plans to include sex as a variable for all preclinical research, as well as new FDA and government initiatives.

The American Scientist Pizza Lunch is a monthly speaker series sponsored by American Scientist, the magazine of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, and by Science Communicators of North Carolina (SCONC). The series is free and open to science journalists and science communicators of all stripes, as well as any interested member of the public. RSVPs are required and space is limited for the September Pizza Lunch. You can RSVP here