Bench to bedside: integrating sex and gender to improve human health

Posted 08/06/23
Institution: NIH, FDA

After participating in this activity, the learner will demonstrate the ability to:
• Identify sex and gender differences in the presentation, risk factors, and pathophysiology of disease.
• Describe how sex and gender differences in risk factors and pathophysiology affect patient outcomesand disease management.
• Identify opportunities to address gaps in knowledge via future research efforts.
• Describe how insights from sex and gender research in one disease area can inform research design inother fields of study.

Topic covered:

Six modules: Immunology; Cardiovascular Disease; Pulmonary Disease; Neurology; Endocrinology; Mental Health

Languages: English
Target audience: The course is designed for NIH staff, FDA staff, researchers and clinicians supported by the NIH; students and faculty in medical, nursing, pharmacy, and other health-related professional schools and programs; researchers and clinicians in the pharmaceutical industry and allied health professionals.

Integration of sex and gender considerations into health research is critical to achieving gender equality and health equity. This resource hub is a curated repository of resources to strengthen researchers’ capacity to consider sex, gender, and their intersections with other axes of inequality and discrimination throughout the research cascade, from conception to design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting.


The two WHO-hosted special programmes for research – the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP) and the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) – have identified an initial set of existing relevant, accessible and comprehensive resources that are immediately available to all researchers. In the longer term, the aim is to continue to expand the inventory by crowdsourcing relevant tools through this portal.


This inventory includes toolkits, guides, research articles, training and audio-visual materials that are readily available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The resources are categorized by type of resource, intended audience, topics covered and creators/developers.

Have something to share?

This resource aims to meet the needs of researcher in all contexts, working in all health topics and using different research methods. If you have a resource that supports consideration of sex and gender variables and considerations in health research and which is not yet included in this repository, you are invited to share it with us by completing the form below. A team from HRP and TDR will assess your submission for inclusion, depending upon it meeting the criteria of the portal and inform you accordingly. Please respond to the following the following questions before submission:

  • Does your resource address sex and/or gender variables and considerations in health research?
  • Is the resource readily available to researchers globally (i.e., published in open access journal, or free for download from a website or other source)?
  • In which language is your resource available? (Tick all those that apply)
  • Does your resource fall under one or more of the categories listed below?

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