Meet our Speakers
Dr. Banka is known in the research community for being a champion of gender differences in research and in diagnosing and treating illness. If you ever hear the words “were both gender included in the research/studies?” or “How did gender differences impact the outcome?” then you know it HAS to be her!
Carole L. Banka, Ph.D. is currently Associate Project Scientist in the Department of Medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from UCSF School of Medicine and did postdoctoral training at UCSD School of Medicine and The Scripps Research Institute. She has held faculty positions at The Scripps Research Institute and the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine where she was Director of Women’s Health Research. Her areas of research include heart disease, fat and cholesterol metabolism, breast cancer and reproductive biology. Dr. Banka has received numerous awards for her public speaking on women’s health issues and gender differences in health and disease.
On the necessity of including the gender-difference factor in research, she comments: “A principal problem in the treatment of stress and the subsequent effects on our health is a ‘one-size- fits-all’ approach. Even if it seems that our bodies function the same way mechanically – for example the heart or the brain- you’d be surprised how important gender differences are in the prevention, effective diagnosis and treatment of illness in today’s world”
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