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The Dean’s Distinguished Virginia Lee Franklin Lecture

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm

“Better Science with Sex and Gender: Pathways to Innovation in Health Care”

Lecture Description: Every cell is sexed and every person is gendered. Yet, when it comes to research, clinical practice, and health policies, we often forget about these very basic facts and assume a “one-size-fits-all” approach. Disease trajectories, health outcomes, and access to health care can differ significantly for men and women. In this lecture we explore why sex and gender matter. Examples are used to show how considerations of sex and gender have led to new insights, solved pressing health issues, and opened new fields of inquiry.

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reception immediately following lecture.

Dr. Joy JohnsonJoy Johnson, PhD, RN, FCAHS
Scientific Director, Institute on Gender and Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Professor, The University of British Columbia

Joy Johnson is a professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia (UBC) with long standing interest and leadership in the field of gender and health. She served on the inaugural steering committee for the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and was a co-leader on the BC Network for Women's Health Research. Dr. Johnson founded and co-directed the highly successful multidisciplinary research unit NEXUS, dedicated to research, knowledge translation, and training in the social contexts of health behavior. She was also a founder and principal investigator for the UBC Centre for Nursing and Health Behaviour Research. She served as the chair of the Research Advisory Committee of Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She has served on and chaired research review panels for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CHIR) and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

Dr. Johnson has a highly productive program of research focusing on health promotion and health behavior change. Drawing on a broad array of theoretical perspectives, her work explores the social, structural, and individual factors that influence the health behavior of individuals. A major thrust of her work focuses on sex and gender issues in substance use and mental health. She has obtained millions of dollars in research funding from national funding organizations and has published over 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Johnson’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including the UBC Killam Research Prize. In 2010, she was recognized as one of British Columbia’s 100 Women of Influence.

Dr. Johnson was appointed scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health, commencing January 2008. In this role she works with the Canadian gender, sex, and health research community and stakeholders to identify research priorities, develop research funding opportunities, strengthen research capacity, build partnerships, and translate research evidence to improve the health of Canadians.

Fee: Free to all. Registration is required.

RSVP: Click here to register online. 


University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

For additional information: or 410-706-3767

1.0 nursing contact hour will be offered for this lecture at a cost of $30 for the certificate.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing’s Office of Professional Education is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. 

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