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-- 2016 Teacher Participant


Teacher program: Seminar Series

Whitehead Institute’s 2019-2020 Seminar Series for High School Teachers: Sex Differences in Health and Disease

Males and females of the same animal species often exhibit different characteristic traits that enable us to tell them apart. In mammals, one of the most common sex biased traits is size, with males typically being larger than females. This is also true in humans: Men are, on average, 5 inches taller than women. However, biological differences among males and females are not limited to physical traits such as height. They are also common in disease. For example, women are much more likely to develop autoimmune diseases, while men are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. The bases of these crucial disparities are often unclear.

Join us for Whitehead Institute’s 2019-2020 Seminar Series for High School Teachers, Sex Differences in Health and Disease, as researchers explore how biological sex differences affect the underlying causes of disease, leading to widespread implications for both medical research and treatment.

The first seminar of the 2018-2019 season will be held on Monday, October 7, in Whitehead Institute’s McGovern Auditorium.

Each session begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. and includes a lecture and working dinner, typically ending by 6:30 pm.

We also match interested teachers with Whitehead partners—young Whitehead scientists who serve as a resource during the school year. Partners are eager to answer questions, discuss their fields of expertise, and even visit schools to meet with students. Teachers who have taken advantage of these partnerships in past years have found them to be invaluable relationships.

Participating teachers may be eligible to earn up to 27 Professional Development Points toward recertification.

Registration for the 2019-2020 season has now closed.

Space is limited; we will accept applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis. For questions please contact Amy Tremblay at tremblay@wi.mit.edu.

Photo showing the bell curve of women's and men's heights

Photo showing the bell curve of women's and men's heights; taken in 1994 by molecular and cell biology professor Linda Strausbaugh at University of Connecticut.

Image: Courtesy of Linda Strausbaugh/University of Connecticut

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