Scientific Cafe: Are lesbians healthier than straight women? Why or why not?
CeMCOR will be hosting a series of Scientific Cafes on important women's health topics this Fall. The Scientific Cafes are designed to be an informal open discussion forum on health-related topics. Each Cafe will have an expert panel present consisting of leading researchers in the field, who will answer questions, provide insight, and facilitate discussion. Anyone and everyone is free to attend a Scientific Cafe - you don't need a science degree, just an interest in discussing the topic and learning more about research in the field.
Funding for the Scientific Cafes is provided by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
Are lesbians healthier than straight women? Why or why not?
This discussion will touch upon the physical and mental health of lesbians versus straight women. Do lesbians have higher risk factors for certain conditions (e.g. insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome)? To what extent are these factors modifiable? Do lifestyle differences in lesbian and straight women account for any differences in health outcomes? Do health care practitioners treat patients they know to be lesbians differently (e.g. not recommending pap smears)?
Dr. Jerilynn Prior, UBC Professor of Endocrinology, Scientific Director of CeMCOR
Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, Associate Professor, UBC Nursing
Basia Pakula, MPP
Date: Thursday Nov 27th, 2008
Time: 7:00-9:00pm, doors at 6:30pm
Venue: Rhizome Cafe, 317 E. Broadway, Vancouver - MAP
Cost: Admission is free but space is limited - be sure to arrive on time!
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