CHOP, Penn Scientists Aim to Address Disparities in Health Research for Women

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Many health-related research projects focus primarily on men with the assumption that women will respond similarly when given medication or medical intervention. However, scientists now realize that is not always the case, and must strive to better understand the differences in men and women’s reactions to medicine.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and Penn Nursing are banding together to promote research into the influence of gender on health.

C. Alix Timko, PhD, psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at CHOP, is part of the cohort. Dr. Timko will specifically focus on eating disorders in adolescent boys and how their brain’s “reward system” reacts to anorexia. This information will help researchers and clinicians better understand gender differences in the neurobiology of anorexia.

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