X and y: how do sex differences affect health and disease?

Notice: Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and in accordance with recent policies issued by Whitehead Institute we will be cancelling the upcoming Whitehead Institute Spring Lecture Series for High School Students, set for April 21-23, 2020.

It is common throughout the animal kingdom for males and females to display distinguishing traits. For example, in some species, including many mammals, the male is larger than the female. This is also true in humans: Males are, on average, 5 inches taller than females. However, biological differences among males and females are not limited to physical traits such as height. They are also common in their incidence of particular diseases and their symptoms . For example, females are much more likely than males to develop autoimmune diseases, while males are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. The underlying source of these differences is often unclear. 

Join us April 21-23 for Whitehead Institute’s Spring Lecture Series for High School Students, X and Y: How do sex differences affect health and disease? as we explore how biological sex differences affect the underlying causes of disease, leading to wide-ranging implications for both medical research and treatment. 

This special three-day program will include presentations from pioneering scientists, hands-on workshops in laboratories at Whitehead Institute, visits to local biotech companies and research organizations, and lunches with young Whitehead scientists. 

The program is open to students ages 14 and over. Admission requires parental consent. All registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (up to 5 students per school). 

Registration is capped at 50 students and is expected to fill within 24 hours of registration opening.

For more information contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu or 617-258-7270.

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