Sex differences in the human brain


Their mechanisms and implications

The symposium will provide an integrated information about the possible differences between men and women with respect to cerebral function and structure. Special focus will be paid to the plasticity and developmental aspects, and the possible clinical implications.

May 23, 2005 at Centre of Gender Related Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Nobel Forum, Nobels väg 1, Solna, Sweden.


09.00 - 09.05 Introduction
Ivanka Savic

09.05 - 09.10 Opening of the symposium
Professor Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson,
Chancellor of the Karolinska Institute

Session I Sexual dimorphism of the brain and the underlying mechanisms

Chairman: Jan-Åke Gustafsson & Yasmin Hurd

09.15 - 09.45 Arthur P Arnold: The neural origin of sex differences in the brain.
Department of Physiological Sciences, UCLA, USA

09.45 - 10.15 Donald Pfaff: Differences in transcript levels in specific regions of male and female brains during the period of CNS sexual differentiation.
Laboratory of Neurobiology and Behavior, The Rockefeller University, New York

10.15 - 10.45 COFFEE

10.45 - 11.15 Roger Gorski: Cerebral dimorphism, sexual orientation and identity
Department of Neurobiology, UCLA, USA

11.15 - 11.45 D. Swaab: Is sexual dimorphism of the brain plastic?
Netherlands Institute for Brain Research, Amsterdam 1105 AZ, The Netherlands

11.45 - 12.15 Jan-Åke Gustafsson: ERbeta and CNS function
Department of Bioscience, Karolinska Institute, NOVUM, SWEDEN

12.15 - 13.30 LUNCH

Session II Sex differences in brain function

Chairman: Luciano Martini & Zsuzsanna Wiesenfeld-Hallin

13.30 - 14.00 Tomas Paus: Sex differences in structure and function during childhood and adolescence
Brain & Body Centre University of Nottingham
Nottingham, United Kingdom

14.00 - 14.30 Ivanka Savic: PET studies of cerebral activation with olfactory and pheromone stimuli in relation to sex and sexual orientation
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SWEDEN

14.30 - 15.00 COFFEE

Session III Clinical implications of sex differences in the brain

Chairman: Martin Ingvar & Anna-Lena Nordström

15.00 - 15.30 Richard Frackowiak: Sex differences in cerebral structure and function, and their impact in neurological diseases
Welcome Department of Cognitive Neurology, Institute of Neurology, London, WC IN 3BG, UK

15.30 - 16.00 Nancy Andreasen: How can sexual dimorphism of the brain explain sex differences in psychiatric disorders?
Mental Health Clinical Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

16.00 – 16.30 Jeffrey Mogil: Sex, gender and pain
Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, CANADA

16.30 – 17.00 Concluding remarks


Ivanka Savic-Berglund, Jan-Åke Gustafsson and Zsuzsanna Wiesenfeld-Hallin

Because the number of the limited space at the Nobel Forum, please make a booking as soon as possible to Sabina Bossi, Press Officer at Karolinska Institutet, by e-mail [email protected] or on phone 46-8-524-838-95.

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