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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Thursday, July 27th 7:00pm-8:30pm Free event

Kick back, relax, grab a drink and a bite to eat at their Science Cafés. These informal science presentations are held in the Daily Planet Café at 7 p.m. Q & A from the audience is encouraged. 

Science Cafe: When Mice are Men

Men and women are different. That’s obvious. In medicine, we know that men and women experience illness differently. They respond to drugs differently. So, why do scientists primarily study males when developing treatments for both sexes? University of North Carolina surgeon scientist Melina Kibbe, MD, is a nationally recognized advocate for sex equity throughout the biomedical research pipeline: from cell research to human clinical trials. Her advocacy around this issue has resulted in policy changes from the National Institute of Health, the Government Accountability Organization, and the Food and Drug Administration.

About the Speaker

Melina Kibbe, MD, is the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine. A renowned researcher with significant NIH support for her work on the development of novel therapies for patients with vascular disease, Kibbe was recognized in 2009 by President Obama with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She serves as editor-in-chief of JAMA Surgery and is a nationally recognized advocate for sex inclusion in biomedical research, which has proven to be an important driver of scientific discovery.

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