[Equal] WG: [Gendered Innovations] Five peer-reviewed surgery journals implement policies to require study authors to report the sex of animals and cells used in their research; plus sex in cells

Keller Seitz Monika (Prs) monika.keller at sl.ethz.ch
Mon Sep 15 11:17:48 CEST 2014

An important new study (attached) documents that female animals and cells are rarely used in surgical research. As a result, five major surgery journals are implementing new guidelines requiring authors to report the sex of animals and cells:  Annals of Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, JAMA Surgery, Journal of Surgical Research, and Surgery. The study is by Dustin Y. Yoon, MD, MS, Neel A. Mansukhani, MD, Vanessa C. Stubbs, MD, Irene B. Helenowski, PhD, Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, and Melina R. Kibbe, MD. Congratulations on great work!  They also have important recommendations at the end of their article.

A second article attached discusses sex in cells and (among other things) lists the sex of cell lines commonly used in AJP-Cell Physiology. The authors (Kalpit Shah, Charles McCormack, and Neil Bradbury) make the important point that US IRB restrictions "preclude immediate knowledge of the sex of the patients when cells are derived from human tissues." This may be a road block that could be changed (while still protecting the identity of the human subject).

The Gendered Innovations project is holding a workshop at Stanford University September 19 on sex and gender in research design for animal research.

US NIH is hold a Method and Techniques workshop on  "Integrating the Biological Variable 'Sex' into Research" in October.
All  best, Londa

Professor Londa Schiebinger
John L. Hinds Professor of the History of Science
Director of Graduate Studies, Stanford University

Director, Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering, and Environment

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