Second day of the CIHR Research Chair on Mental Health in Men and Women-2011

On Friday, January 14th, the second day of the CIHR Research Chair on Mental Health in Men and Women, took place.  This year, the conference was entitled: "Human Nature: Women Mental Health".  It was an opportunity to discuss various issues affecting women's mental health.  We thank all organizers, speakers and participants who made this day a success.

For several years, important clinical and epidemiological data have been gathered indicating significant differences between women and men with regards to the prevalence and evolution of various mental health problems.

Unfortunately, the concept of gender is still rarely seen in psychiatric research and clinical practice.  In addition, most theories and treatments available are based almost exclusively on findings concerning male subjects.

This scientific day was an opportunity for experts from various fields to present their latest findings and ideas about women’s mental health, in a biological, socio-cultural and developmental perspective. 

Program PDF

  • Historical and psychosocial perspectives
  • Stress hormones
  • Depressive symptomatology in teenagers
  • Predisposition gene
  • Eating disorders
  • Domestic violence
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Stigma of mental illness

From left to right Dr Jonathan Metzl, Dr Tonia L. Nicholls, Dr Mary Seeman,
Dr Wendy J. Lynch, Dr Adrianna Mendrek, Dr Sonia Lupien et Dr Howard Steiger.

List of speakers:

Dr. Mary Seeman, Determining How Gender Affects the Course of Schizophrenia. Presentation

Dr. Tonia Nicholls, Domestic Violence: The Gap Between Empirical Evidence and Policies and Practice. Presentation

Dr. Sonia Lupien, Early Age at Menarche, Stress Hormone Levels and Depressive Symptomatology in Adolescent Girls. Presentation

Dr. Wendy J. Lynch, Sex Differences in drug Addiction: A Translational Perspective. Presentation

Dr. Howard Steiger, Genetic Susceptibilities, Environmental Risks and Eating Disorders. Presentation

Dr. Jonathan Metzl, Gender Stereotypes Used in Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders in Women. Presentation

Scientific Day in the media:

Poster competition:
Theme : Women’s Mental Helath

1st prize of $500, 2nd prize of $300 and 3rd prize of $200 for the best 3 poster presentations.
The winners are (and the title of their posters) :

Marie-France Marin, 1st prize, Reading Negative Emotional News Increases Stress Reactivity and Remembrance in Females But Not Males,

Isabel Fortin, 2nd prize, Intimate Partner Violence and Psychological Distress Among Young Women: Analysis of the Moderating Effect of Social Support

Josiane Bourque, 3rd prize, Gender identity and processing of negative stimuli by schizophrenia patients.

Centre d’enseignement
Dr Frédéric-Grunberg,
Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine,
3e étage, pav. Bédard, salle BE-3349

Person responsible
Nancy Renaud,
514 251-4000, poste 3180,