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European Society of Gender Health and Medicine

Gender Medicine  focuses on the impact of the gender on human physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical features of diseases. The concept of Gender refers to a complex interrelation and integration of sex -  as a biological and functional marker of the human body -  and psychological and cultural behaviour (due to ethnical, social, and religious background). Human health is strictly correlated to these two fundamental constituents of the gender. While the effect of sex, age, and cultural behaviour on the health of both women and men has been widely studied, attention to the impact of the gender differences on the pathophysiology and, therefore, on the management of the most common social diseases - such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, joints and rheumatic diseases, some tumors, to list a few - is both needed and  lacking.

The aims of the Society, to mention a few, are:

  • to link all the scientists and physicians who operate in the field of prevention, primary and secondary care, and rehabilitation by focusing on the biological, physiological and pathological differences between women and men; 
  • to support researchers, medical doctors, institutions, and individuals to identify healthcare issues and protect the health in both women and men;
  • to improve the cultural background, professional updating, and the training of experts in Gender Medicine;
  • to promote the inclusion of gender perspectives in the programs of both public and governmental  institutions;
  • to develop alliances with research centres, scientific societies,  hospitals, academia;
  • to reach a more and more personalized medicine; and
  • to educate the public on the gender differences in healthcare needs.