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Beyond the Binary: Challenging Sex and Gender Variables in Science
A virtual conversation marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Feb 3, 2023 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Angela Saini
Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist and broadcaster. She presents science programs on the BBC, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, The Sunday Times, National Geographic and Wired. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and named a book of the year by The Telegraph, Nature and Financial Times. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, has been translated into fourteen languages. Angela has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Oxford and has been a Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Humboldt Foundation. In 2020 she was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine. Her next book, The Patriarchs: How Men Came to Rule, will be published in spring 2023.
Rulan Parekh
Vice President, Academics @Women's College Hospital
Dr. Rulan Parekh is the Vice President of Academics at Women’s College Hospital, and an internationally renowned and experienced clinician scientist, specializing in paediatric and adult nephrology. As the only woman of colour leading research at one of Canada’s top research hospitals and the first woman of colour to lead research, education and innovation at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. Parekh also plays a pivotal role in helping to shape and inform hospital strategies to advance health equity. In addition to her executive position, Dr. Parekh also holds an appointment as full-time faculty in Women’s Department of Medicine and University of Toronto.
Allison Sekuler
Vice President, Research & Sandra Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience @Baycrest Health Sciences
Dr. Allison Sekuler is the Vice President of Research and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Baycrest Health Sciences. Her research focuses on how we perceive the world around us, and how these perceptions are influenced by aging, context and experience. Dr. Sekuler has been recognized as an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow, and as an Ontario Distinguished Researcher. In 2004, Dr. Sekuler’s research garnered her the distinction of a "Leader of Tomorrow", by the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), recognizing her advances in research showing how the human brain processes visual information and how that processing changes as a function of aging.
Gillian Einstein
Professor of psychology, The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging @University of Toronto
Gillian Einstein is The Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and Guest Professor of Gender and Health at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden. She is a board member of the International Gender Medicine Society, editor for Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology and Frontiers in Endocrinology and Neuroscience special section on Neuroendocrinology, Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Gender and Health Advisory Board, and leads the Women, Sex, Gender, and Dementia Cross-Cutting Program for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging. She is the founder and President of the Canadian Organization of Gender and Sex (COGS) Research.
Angela Kaida
Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health @Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Dr. Angela Kaida is a global health epidemiologist and community-based researcher at Simon Fraser University where she is an SFU Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Global Perspectives on HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She leads a global research program focused on factors and environments that increase vulnerability or protect sexual and reproductive health in the context of HIV. Dr. Kaida works closely with community leaders and decision makers to integrate research evidence into health policy and programming attending to social and gender equity. In 2022, she was elected as a Member of the Royal Society College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.
Harlan Pruden
Indigenous Knowledge Translation Lead ​and a co-founder of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab at Chee Mamuk @British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Harlan Pruden (pronouns - anything said mindfully and respectfully) is nehiyô/First Nations Cree who works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally, and internationally. Harlan is the Indigenous Knowledge Translation Lead ​and a co-founder of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab at Chee Mamuk, an Indigenous health program at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Harlan is also the Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com and an advisory member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health.
Juliet Daniel
Cancer Biologist and the Associate Dean of Research and External Relations in the Faculty of Science @McMaster University
Professor Juliet Daniel is a Cancer Biologist and the Associate Dean of Research and External Relations in the Faculty of Science at McMaster University. She received her BSc from Queen’s University, her PhD from UBC, and completed Postdoctoral studies at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Prof. Daniel’s research is focused on elucidating the role of the transcription factor Kaiso in cancer and vertebrate development. Her team is also currently elucidating the molecular/genetic causes of the disparities in incidence and poor outcomes of triple negative breast cancer in Black women. In recognition of her research and community service, Prof. Daniel has received several awards including the inaugural Canadian Cancer Society Inclusive Excellence Award, an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill, a UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award, and a WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award among many others.