Leaving Women Out of Study Populations Can Cause ‘Great Harm’

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Experts were asked about why women are left out of research populations and what is being done to address the issue. “There are sex differences in immune responses, drug metabolism and disease states. Some differences are mediated by hormonal differences and others by other biological factors,” explained Dr. Elizabeth Connick, BIO5 member, professor, and chief of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “It is essential to include women in research studies so that they can benefit from the results of research in the same way as men,” Dr. Connick said in an interview.