State-of-the-Art Meeting on Sex and Gender in Transplantation: The Female Perspective

Rizky Indrameikha Sugianto, Thorsten Saenger, Curie Ahn, Anita Chong, Aviva Goldberg, Carl Grabitz, Roslyn Mannon, Lorna P Marson, Nima Memaran, Ruth Sapir-Pichhadze, Stefan Tullius, Jeannine von der Born, Lori West, Bethany J. Foster, Louise Lerminiaux, Germaine Wong, Anette Melk

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Sex- and gender-based inequities in organ transplantation represent a critically relevant, yet under-appreciated aspect that impacts upon patient and graft outcomes. Biologic factors (sex), as well as psychological-, social-, and economic factors (gender) all contribute to these disparities. While such disparities are observed consistently worldwide, access to care and differences in allograft and patient outcomes by sex and gender differ between countries, emphasizing the necessity to engage the global community. Moreover, as in many other professional areas, gender disparities exist among professionals in transplantation science and medicine. To address the need for global recognition of the interplay between sex and gender in transplantation, and to define unmet needs, Anette Melk (Hannover Medical School), Bethany Foster (McGill University), Germaine Wong (University of Sydney), and Louise Lerminiaux (patient representative) initiated the international hybrid symposium “Sex and Gender in Transplantation: The Female Perspective”, which took place October 5th-7th 2022, in Hannover, Germany. The interdisciplinary symposium connected clinicians, researchers, and patients from around the globe. Instead of taking the traditional male perspective, efforts were made to ensure a female perspective and approach to both the content and organization of the symposium. The symposium had three aims. Firstly, we aimed to identify areas pertaining to sex and gender where more research is needed, with an emphasis on creating evidence to inform guidelines and policies. Second, we integrated patients’ perspectives and experience in the execution of patient-centred research. Finally, the symposium focused on achieving equity in access to careers in transplantation, defining metrics of success and strategies to accelerate progress in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1865-1869
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023


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