Sex, Gender, Health

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Sex, Gender, Health Symposium 2015:
Transgender Health and Wellness

November 4th-5th, 2015

Tiq Milan giving a talk on Transgender Health at Butler Auditorium, UB South Campus

In our ongoing effort to explore the relationships between sex, gender, and health, our 3rd annual symposium focused on Transgender Health. Transgender people have particular health disparities as compared to the overall population. It is crucial to understand these disparities, while not assuming that all transgender people have the same needs. Our keynote speaker for this event was Tiq Milan a Senior Media Strategist for National News – GLAAD; Co-Organizer of #ThisIsLuv. His lived experiences as a transgender, African American male and his work as an author, media spokesman, and actor informed his talk.

Students in a conversation with Tiq Milan at UB's Intercultural Diversity Center

Tiq Milan visited Buffalo in early November, and during two dynamic days met and spoke both to UB’s community of scholars and staff members, and local city communities off campus. In a well-attended formal address at Butler Auditorium, developed for medical students and faculty, Milan talked about the place of trans people across cultures, and some common misconceptions about trans health issues in the U.S. He then highlighted actual needs of trans people, how these remain unrecognized, and suggested simple ways medical workers could meet these needs. At UB’s Intercultural Diversity Center, Milan met over an informal lunch with a group of students and administrators, holding conversation about a wide scope of topics: from the personal experience of coming out as a trans black man from Buffalo’s East Side, to advocacy and education, to trans awareness on UB campuses, to dominant pop culture attitudes about trans topics. That evening, Buffalo’s Dreamland Art Center hosted a book reading from Tiq Milan’s Man of My Own Design, a memoir whose completion is expected in summer 2016.
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Narrating Wellness
March 25, 2014

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Statistics cannot capture individuals’ and communities’ complex, lived experiences of disease, injury, resilience, and well-being. Through a day of instruction and interaction, this symposium exposed participants to diverse narratives of wellness and examined how such deeper perspectives can enrich research and practice at the intersection of Sex, Gender, and Health. 

The symposium's opening panel consisted of Dr. Mike Rembis (UB History and Center for Disability Studies), Dr. Linda Pessar (UB Psychiatry), and Dr. Jim Bono (UB History)

Dr. Mike Rembis (UB History and Center for Disability Studies presents his talk, "Perfectable You: Gender, Narrative Ethics, and Wellness"

Susan Mann Dolce from UB Accessibility Resources presents the film "Voices from the ADA Generation"


Women in Medicine
October 24, 2013

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Interdisciplinary Perspectives

October 24, 2013

 Download the full program here.

Sex and Gender Medicine is distinct from women’s health (ovaries, uterus, etc) and men’s health (prostate, erectile dysfunction, etc). Understanding the intersections between sex, gender and wellbeing will improve health outcomes for all. Men (and male animals) have been the basis of much biomedical research, but males are not normative for the whole species, and females are not a deviation from the norm. Both sex and gender differences have been found in:

  • Prevalence
  • Susceptibility
  • Symptoms
  • Pathophysiology
  • Likelihood to seek treatment
  • Treatments offered
  • Response to Treatment
  • Morbidity and Mortality

Sex and Gender Medicine is not intended to be a political endeavor.  Rather, Sex and Gender Medicine, as an academic discipline, seeks to advance a rigorous evidence-based approach to issues concerning sex and gender differences in science and medicine, in access, and in the law.  Sex and Gender Medicine will ultimately improve health outcomes for all.

This symposium will bring together UB faculty and community leaders to provide information, stimulate discussion, and initiate novel interactions. This conference will be a venue to present sex and gender health research as well as to discuss educational best practices for incorporating sex and gender health into the curriculum.




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