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Will the virus cure medical science of its sexism? Will the virus cure medical science of its sexism? – Tortoise

Will the virus cure medical science of its sexism?

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Duration: 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Status: Completed

A virus that kills twice as many men than women still hasn’t woken the medical establishment up to its own sexism. An independent review published in July reported that medical staff dismissed patients’ concerns about treatments as “women’s problems”. Hundreds of thousands of women, and their babies, may have been affected. What would it take to make sex-disaggregated data compulsory in medical research? And how many lives could such a move save?

Chair: Liz Moseley, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

Our Special guests are:

Sarah Graham is an award-winning freelance health journalist and founder of feminist health blog Hysterical Women. She writes regularly for The i and Refinery29, and has also been published by Grazia, Stylist, Women’s Health, The Guardian and more. She covers all aspects of women’s physical and mental health, and is particularly interested in the areas where health and feminism collide.

Katherine Ripullone is an academic clinical fellow at the Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health at the University of Oxford and the George Institute. She combines a background in health policy and economics with mixed methods approaches to women’s global health. She’s previously worked with the Global Health research group/Genetic epidemiology research group co-located at the Department of Medicine (Cambridge) and the Sanger Institute, and with Amel International researching the reproductive health and practices of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Her recent work with the George Institute has focused on sex disaggregated analytical approaches to women’s health and larger projects considering national systems of change to normalise sex-disaggregated data in health research. Her aim is to strengthen evidence on gender-disaggregated health data globally to better inform international and national health policy.

Lois Rogers is an award-winning international journalist, specialising in healthcare, life sciences and public policy. She was previously health and social affairs editor of The Sunday Times and is now a freelance contributor to newspapers, magazines and think tanks in Britain and abroad