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Studying Women

The article sheds light on a significant gap in neuroscience research: the lack of focus on women's health factors despite the availability of advanced brain imaging technologies like MRI. While women make up half of participants in neuroimaging studies, less than 0.5% of these studies specifically consider health factors unique to women. This oversight is concerning given that conditions like Alzheimer's and depression affect a higher percentage of women.

The University of California recently launched the Ann S. Bowers Women’s Brain Health Initiative to address this disparity. The initiative aims to close the gender data gap by pooling MRI data and health metrics from diverse populations across its campuses. By embracing big data and precision imaging, the initiative hopes to link hormonal transitions, such as menopause and contraceptive use, with MRI data to understand their impact on brain health.

By understanding the effects of hormone-related treatments on brain function, the initiative aims to improve clinical care and enhance the lives of individuals across genders. The overarching goal is to value the health of all genders equally in neuroscience, fostering progress and understanding in brain health research.

Link: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-023-03614-1?utm_source=Live+Audience&utm_campaign=8833baaea6-briefing-dy-20231124&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b27a691814-8833baaea6-51390860