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
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.
- 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.
Tonia Nicholls, Domestic Violence: The Gap Between Empirical Evidence and
Policies and Practice. Presentation
Sonia Lupien, Early Age at Menarche, Stress Hormone Levels and Depressive
Symptomatology in Adolescent Girls. Presentation
Wendy J. Lynch, Sex Differences in drug Addiction: A Translational Perspective.
Howard Steiger, Genetic Susceptibilities, Environmental Risks and Eating
Dr. Jonathan Metzl, Gender Stereotypes Used in Diagnosis of Psychiatric
Disorders in Women. Presentation
Scientific Day in the media:
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
Isabel Fortin, 2nd prize, Intimate Partner Violence and
Psychological Distress Among Young Women: Analysis of the Moderating Effect of
Josiane Bourque, 3rd prize, Gender identity and processing of
negative stimuli by schizophrenia patients.
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