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Gender-Specific Research in Emergency Care: Investigate, Understand, and Translate How Gender Affects Patient Outcomes

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sheraton Dallas, Dallas, TX

General Session Room: Houston Ballroom ABC
Afternoon Breakout Session: State Room #1

Gender-specific medicine is the “science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and how the manifestations, mechanisms and treatment of disease vary as a function of gender.” While gender-specific medicine incorporates advances in reproductive health issues, the AEM Consensus Conference will focus on broad disease-specific EM issues that are relevant to both women and men. 

The key domains of the conference are:
  • Cardiovascular/resuscitation
  • Cerebrovascular
  • Pain
  • Trauma/injury/violence
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Mental health
  • Substance Use Disorders

Consensus Goal: 

The goal of the 2014 AEM Consensus Conference is to stimulate EM researchers to methodically recognize, investigate and translate the impact of gender on their clinical research outcomes. The conference proposes to build a foundation upon which researchers can build interdisciplinary scholarship, networks of expertise, discussion forums, multicenter collaborations, evidence-based publications, and improved education. The overarching themes of the conference have been guided and informed by NIH research priorities on gender medicine and include study of the lifespan, sex/gender distinctions, health disparities/differences and diversity and interdisciplinary research.

Consensus Objectives:

  1. Summarize and consolidate existing data and create a blueprint that furthers gender-specific research in the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute diseases.
  2. Discuss the conceptual models for designing studies and analysis that incorporate gender as an independent variable.
  3. Build a multinational interdisciplinary consortium to study gender medicine for acute conditions.

This conference is supported in part by a grant from the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS087861. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


Thank you to the following supporters of the 2014 AEM Consensus Conference!

Pre-conference Materials

For the success of this conference, we ask you to answer the following survey questions on the key themes identified thus far (listed below) and any additional items that you consider important. The only expertise you require for participation is your perspective - and we greatly value your opinion. 

We are excited to have you participate in the consensus building process to formulate a research agenda for our upcoming conference on 'Gender-Specific Research in Emergency Care'. We have identified seven key domains outlined above. Seven corresponding multidisciplinary work-groups have been working for the past year to identify key themes for discussion at the conference. 


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    Opening Session
7:30-8:00 AM    Registration & Breakfast
8:00-8:15 AM   Opening Remarks 
    David Cone, MD, Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine
8:15-8:45 AM   Applying the Sex/Gender Lens to Emergency Care – from bench-to-bedside
    Basmah Safdar, MD and Marna Greenberg, DO, Conference Co-Chairs
8:45-9:45 AM   Keynote Address “Untying the Gordian Knot: What We Do and Don’t Know About Gender-Specific Medicine” 
    Marianne Legato, MD, FACP, Emerita Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
9:45-10:00 AM
  Refreshment Break
10:00-11:45 AM
  Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Houston Ballroom A
Basmah Safdar, MD
Deborah Diercks, MD, MSc
Lance Becker, MD
Houston Ballroom B
Federico E. Vaca, MD, MPH
Lena Napolitano, MD
    Mental Health
Houston Ballroom C
Megan Ranney, MD, MPH
Debra Houry, MD, MPH
12:00-1:30 PM   Funding Mechanisms for Gender Specific Research (non-CME)
Lunch Panel and Discussion
Dr. Jane Scott, Director, Research Training, DCVS, NHLBI, NIH
Dr. Jeremy Brown, NIH OECR Director 
Dr. Rosemarie Filart, NIH Office of Women’s Health Research
Ayodola Anise, PO for Disparities Program at Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
1:30-2:45 PM   Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    Neurological Emergencies
Houston Ballroom A
Nina Gentile, MD
Don Stein, PhD
David Wright, MD
    Substance Use Disorders
Houston Ballroom C
Esther Choo, MD, MS
Edwin Boudreaux, PhD
    Diagnostic Imaging
Houston Ballroom B
Jeff Kline, MD
Christopher Moore, MD
State Room #1
James Miner, MD
Samuel McLean, MD, MPH
Roger Fillingim, PhD
2:45-3:00 PM   Refreshment Break
3:00-4:00 PM   Gender-Specific Regulatory Challenges To Product Approval (non-CME)
Panel discussion with device/drug/biomarker maker, ED researcher, Helen Barr, MD (FDA)
Judd Hollander, MD / Alyson McGregor, MD

  Closing Session
4:00-5:00 PM
  Workshop Feedback: Defining an EM Gender Research Agenda
Workshop Leaders
5:00-5:30 PM   Closing Remarks and Future Direction
Marna R. Greenberg, DO and Basmah Safdar, MD, Conference Co-Chairs
5:30-7:00 PM   Networking Session sponsored in part by
Sheraton Dallas Hotel
State Room 2 (Convention 1st Floor)

Updated April 29, 2014

For queries, please contact the 2014 Consensus Conference co-chairs:

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH

Basmah Safdar, MD

Additional Resources

Information and updates will be regularly posted in AEM, the SAEM Newsletter, both the AEM and SAEM websites. Conference updates are also available on Twitter (hashtag #GenderEM) and Facebook.

 This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of Cincinnati and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The University of Cincinnati designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.