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Sex and Gender Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease

May 28, 2015 - May 29, 2015

A growing body of evidence shows that Alzheimer’s disease differs between women and men and that to improve diagnosis and speed development of new treatments, we must better understand sex and gender differences in the disease. In May 2015, SWHR held its second interdisciplinary roundtable discussion on sex and gender differences in Alzheimer’s with 13 experts, including basic scientists, clinicians, and behavioral scientists, as well as advocates focused on the caretaker role and federal government representatives.


The meeting’s goal was to explore the state-of-the-science and discuss trends in research since SWHR’s 2011 roundtable meeting on Alzheimer’s disease. This 2015 roundtable laid the foundation for SWHR’s Alzheimer’s Disease Network and the peer-reviewed paper, Understanding the Impact of Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Call to Action, published June 2018 in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.


May 28, 2015
May 29, 2015
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  • Discuss state of the science and examine knowledge gaps related to sex and gender differences in basic and clinical research
  • Focus on key areas including sex hormones, disease mechanistic pathways, diagnostic tools, and disease risk factors
  • Examine gender-specific issues related to caregiving
  • Investigate the impact of Alzheimer’s on women’s health

Roundtable Participants

  • Roberta Brinton, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Meryl Comer, Geoffery Beane Foundation Alzheimer’s Initiative
  • Sara Czaja, PhD, University of Miami
  • Jeffrey Illiff, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Kejal Kantarci, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Nancy Lee, MD, Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Pauline Maki, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mary Mittelman, DrPH, Langone Medical Center
  • Darby Morhardt, MSW, Northwestern University
  • John Morrison, PhD, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Susan Resnick, PhD, National Institutes of Health
  • Reisa Sperling, MD, Harvard University
  • Duygu Tosun-Turgut, PhD, University of California at San Francisco