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Berlin Institute of Health to honour renowned Montreal scientist with International award

Dr. Louise Pilote is one of two recipients for her work incorporating gender aspects into biomedical research

Dec 21, 2017

Dr. Louise Pilote, Professor of Medicine at McGill University and a senior scientist from the Cardiovascular Health Across the Lifespan Program at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, is one of two recipients of the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects for her work incorporating gender aspects into biomedical research.

A patient’s biological sex and/or social gender is usually a neglected factor in biomedical research. Yet in order to understand differences in the emergence and progression of diseases and to develop suitable treatments, it is important for such research to take sex and gender differences into account. BIH promotes top-level researchers who incorporate gender aspects into their basic and/or clinical research.

“I am extremely honoured and delighted to receive the BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects for my recent work in cardiovascular research,” says Dr. Pilote who has been a clinician-scientist for 20 years. “Addressing how biological sex as well as gender factors like social, environmental, cultural and behavioral factors affect health care and outcomes requires new approaches at many levels including how we prevent and treat common diseases. This award is recognition of the efforts my team and I have made, and continue to make, to address these issues in our research.” Read more