publication-2016-seelandpic-pdf-fileeGender - from e-Learning to e-Research:
a web-based interactive knowledge-sharing platform for sex- and gender-specific medical education



Background: Sex and Gender Medicine is a novel discipline that provides equitable medical care for society and improves outcomes for both male and female patients. The integration of sex- and gender-specific knowledge into medical curricula is limited due to adequate learning material, systematic teacher training and an innovative communication strategy. We aimed at initiating an e-learning and knowledge-sharing platform for Sex and Gender Medicine, the eGender platform (, to ensure that future doctors and health professionals will have adequate knowledge and communication skills on sex and gender differences in order to make informed decisions for their patients.

Methods: The web-based eGender knowledge-sharing platform was designed to support the blended learning pedagogical teaching concept and follows the didactic concept of constructivism. Learning materials developed by Sex and Gender Medicine experts of seven universities have been used as the basis for the new learning tools. The content of these tools is patient-centered and provides add-on information on gender-sensitive aspects of diseases. The structural part of eGender was designed and developed using the open source e-learning platform Moodle. The eGender platform comprises an English and a German version of e-learning modules: one focusing on basic knowledge and seven on specific medical disciplines. Each module consists of several courses corresponding to a disease or symptom complex. Self-organized learning has to be managed by using different learning tools, e.g., texts and audiovisual material, tools for online communication and collaborative work.

Results: More than 90 users from Europe registered for the eGender Medicine learning modules. The most frequently accessed module was “Gender Medicine-Basics” and the users favored discussion forums. These elearning modules fulfill the quality criteria for higher education and are used within the elective Master Module “Gender Medicine-Basics” implemented into the accredited Master of Public Health at Charité-Berlin.




book-sex-and-gender-differences-smallpic-book-linkSex and Gender Differences in Pharmacology

Regitz-Zagrosek, Vera (Eds.)
Springer-Verlag Ausgabe 2012
Hardcover, ISBN 978-3642307256
Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology (Band 214)

 This is the very first book to deal with sex and gender differences in drug therapy - an increasingly recognized medical need. It starts with an overview on S/G in clinical syndromes and a documentation of the medical and socioeconomic damage caused by gender specific adverse drug effects. Part I covers S/G differences in pharmacokinetics. Researchers will be satisfied by the detailed discussion of the mechanisms of S/G differences in drug effects that represents cutting edge science and includes interaction of drugs with sex hormones, genomic and epigenetic mechanisms. It also covers S/G in drug development, in animal models and clinical development and S/G in drug prescriptions. Part II targets S/G differences in drug effects in cardiovascular, pulmonary, CNS, neuromuscular, neuropsychiatric and metabolic diseases, in cancer, inflammation, and rheumatic diseases, in bacterial and retroviral infections, thrombosis, embolism. New drugs will be discussed.


book-sex-and-gender aspects-smallpic-book-linkSex and Gender Aspects in Clinical Medicine

Oertelt-Prigione, Sabine; Regitz-Zagrosek, Vera (Eds.)
2012, 2012, XI, 201 p. 29 illus., 27 in color.
Hardcover, ISBN 978-0-85729-831-7

Dear friends,
Dear colleagues,

Gender Medicine is an emerging and exiting new scientific field. Its inclusion into medical practice and education was hampered by the fact that there was no short and comprehensive teaching book that covered all aspects of gender medicine.

We are now proud and happy that we can introduce such a book:
The teaching book “Sex and Gender aspects in Clinical Medicine” is the first and only book in this area that is based on a systematic literature review in nine major clinical disciplines. It offers a well focused and comprehensive presentation of the field in 12 chapters with numerous figures, tables, summaries and Take Home Messages by internationally recognised experts.

We worked hard to assemble the available literature in an unbiased approach and to have it interpreted by international outstanding experts.
The book is available as hardcover as well as eBook.

I hope that you enjoy reading.
With the very best regards
Vera Regitz-Zagrosek