Dr. Legato shares how common gender specific medicine has become.
Gender-specific medicine is expanding very rapidly, and it will become even more important as the science of genomic medicine and how our genes make us ourselves expands. There is no question that thousands of genes, the same genes, are expressed differently in men and women in at least four tissues of the body that we know about, one of them importantly being the brain and the second, the heart.
This is a new discovery, and so I think that the more we understand about the differences between men and women, from their DNA, if you will, to the impact of their hormones on how they function, the better we will be able to prevent and cure illness.
About Dr. Legato:
Dr. Marianne J. Legato is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Founder and Director of the Partnership for Women’s Health at Columbia University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Legato founded the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University in 1997. It is the first collaboration between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender. Dr. Legato has received many awards for her leadership role in women's health.
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