Our goal is to understand how sex and gendered conditions influence brain health, memory, and aging.
Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs and all of the nerves that connect these organs with the rest of the body. Cognitive neuroscience is the study of brain function.
The brain is responsible for cognitive processes such as thinking, memory and attention. It is one of a number of biological systems that work together as a whole body system to enable us to function, feel and think.
The brain as a system is complex and adaptable. The way it is structured and functions is influenced by hormones, sex, genetics, and gender, as well as by culture, social environment and personal life experiences. It is also highly interconnected, meaning that events or conditions that directly affect one part of the body can actually leave their mark on the brain. For example, cutting the genitals might affect how the brain is wired. Or, removal of the ovaries or prostate might affect brain function through hormonal changes.
Because each person is uniquely affected by a variety of biological and social forces, there is no “one size fits all” model for understanding the nervous system. Sex and gender are two very important forces that shape brain and behaviour.
The Einstein Lab explores how “the world writes on the body” (see key concepts) by studying how health conditions more common in women and gender-diverse individuals affect brain function and cognition. Our goal is to understand how sex and gender influence brain health, memory, and aging.