Title: Sex, gender and risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across Europe
Date: 2-3 February 2015
Location: Maastricht (The Netherlands)
Host: Department of Health, Ethics and Society, University of Maastricht
The focus for this workshop will be: Sex, gender and risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) across Europe. NCDs such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancers and diabetes, are the leading cause of death in the world today and modifiable risk factors are responsible for the majority of NCDs. Addressing highly prevalent and relevant risk factors is a significant primary prevention topic: in this workshop, by concentrating on risk factors for NCDs we not only aim to make a connection with the conditions addressed in EUGenMed’s first workshop (i.e. sex and gender in clinical research and clinical pharmacology), but we will also discuss topics that are relevant for a large range of conditions. Risk (or protective) factors will therefore constitute our entry point for assessing the state of the art concerning the inclusion of sex and gender aspects in public health and prevention. Risk factors such as unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, alcohol and tobacco use have to be conceptualised as influenced by sex, gender and their intersecting factors. Likewise, context(s), whether in terms of e.g. geographical location (Eastern or Northern Europe) or occupation, shall be accounted for.