Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging
In 2016, Gillian Einstein was awarded the Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women’s Brain Health and Aging. The Chair – a partnership between the Posluns Family Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario Brain Institute, and Alzheimer Society of Canada – will support Dr. Einstein to enhance women’s brain health through the study of cognitive aging and associated disorders.
This initiative will build capacity in research into social and biological influences on brain health and aging. As the Chair holder, Dr. Einstein will work to translate the research results into gender and sex-sensitive policies and interventions that improve brain health and promote wellness in aging.
Through the Chair, Dr. Einstein will build on her more than two decades of leadership in women’s health research, education, policy, and outreach to advance Canada’s international role in gender and health. She will lead integrated programs of research, mentoring and education and knowledge translation (KT). Her work is rooted in international collaborations and guided by a Scientific Advisory Committee and a KT Advisory Committee. See our Current Projects section for more information.
Women, Sex, Gender, and Dementia
Gillian was appointed as the Lead of the Women, Sex, Gender, and Dementia (WSGD) Cross-cutting Program by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) in 2018.
The program aims to work with CCNA’s 19 research teams to ensure that relevant sex and gender research questions will be studied across the spectrum of neurodegeneration in both human and animal model studies.
By using this lens, CCNA’s research teams can capture important sex and gender differences in the prevalence, incidence, symptoms, and progression of neurodegenerative diseases. For example, these differences may be due to biological and physiological variations between the sexes, and/or gender differences in roles, occupations, environmental exposures, and other life experiences. Understanding sex and gender differences and how they interact is critical for developing interventions for both the prevention and treatment of neurodegeneration.
Canadian Organization of Gender and Sex Research (COGS)
The start of 2020 for Gillian Einstein was marked by the inaugural meeting of the Canadian Organization for Gender and Sex Research (COGS), an organization founded by her.