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Women’s health pioneer Alyson McGregor delivers a rousing, eye-opening presentation that will change how females view modern medicine and what questions women should pose at the doctor’s office. getAbstract suggests that men and women alike, including those working in research and development, will discover important lessons in this candid, polished exposé of a dangerous bias in medical research.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why medical research has a male bias,
  • How this model of medicine puts female patients at risk, and
  • What doctors and patients can do to shift the paradigm.

About the Speaker

Alyson McGregor, MD, directs the Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine division of Brown University’s Department of Emergency Medicine.



In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration halved the recommended dosage of Ambien – a sedative that had been on the market for two decades – for women only. Women metabolize the drug slower than men, so female users were waking with traces of the sleep aid still in their systems, which presented a high risk of car accidents. What took the FDA so long to arrive at this finding? Before reaching the market, drugs undergo cell analysis, animal studies, human clinical trials and regulatory approval. But for the past 100 years, the cells, animals and human subjects informing medical science were almost ...

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