Scientists turn on the 'gender lens' on cardiovascular disease research

Hamilton, ON (Dec. 8, 2004) - Hamilton health scientists are turning the "gender lens" on the different ways women and men are affected by cardiovascular disease.

A team of clinician-investigators jointly affiliated with McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences has formed the GRACE or Gender Research and Cardiovascular Evaluation Network. The goal of the network is to perform high quality gender-based research in cardiovascular disease, train new researchers and ensure the research results are widely available and accessible to the Canadian public.

The network team leader is Dr. Sonia Anand, an associate professor in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine of the Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. She holds the Eli Lilly Canada - May Cohen Chair in Women's Health at McMaster University and is a recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Clinician-Scientist Award. As well, Dr. Anand is director of the vascular medicine clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences.

GRACE investigators will focus specifically on two areas: acute coronary syndrome and the metabolic syndrome, also known as type-2 diabetes linked with abdominal obesity.

"We will focus on assessing epidemiological studies and clinical trials in these two important problem areas," said Dr. Anand. "We will be analyzing data with a gender lens, asking questions such as 'Is it appropriate that women with heart disease receive fewer angiograms, compared to men?'"

Another emphasis for the network is to ensure the study results are widely communicated to a broad national audience.

"We want to get the health message out to people so they are aware and can make use of it," Dr. Anand said. "We usually only publish our papers in scientific journals and sometimes the message doesn't get out in a simple, usable way."

In a bid to enhance the transfer of knowledge from the scientific commun

Contact: Veronica McGuire
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