Learn about the science of gender and sex diversity, as well as fertility and surgical options for gender-diverse people, through a series of Science Café talks hosted by Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon National Primate Research Center.
OHSU organizes two informal public discussions about science each year to share noteworthy research efforts involving the Oregon National Primate Research Center. OHSU’s Science Cafés are being held virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.
6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays between Oct. 29 and Nov. 19:
- Oct. 29: “Introduction to Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation”
- Charles Roselli, Ph.D., will discuss how prenatal hormones and genes shape both brain development and sexual behavior in humans and animals.
- Roselli is a professor of chemical physiology and biochemistry in the OHSU School of Medicine who studies sex hormones in the brain.
- Nov. 5: “Gender Affirmation: Physiology and Mullerian Surgery”
- David M. Lee, M.D., will discuss how traditionally labeled “male” and “female” reproductive systems develop in the embryo, variations that can occur in reproductive organs during embryo development, and surgical options to revise those variations.
- Lee is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, in the OHSU School of Medicine, who specializes in reproductive endocrinology, infertility, transgender care and more.
- Nov. 12: “Fertility and Assisted Reproduction for Transgender Communities”
- Paula Amato, M.D., will discuss how gender transition can impact fertility, and fertility preservation options for transgender individuals.
- Amato is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the OHSU School of Medicine who specializes in infertility, LGBTQ reproductive health, transgender care and more.
- Nov. 19: “Transgender Experience”
- A panel of local transgender individuals will share their personal stories and experiences.
- The panel will be moderated by Amy Penkin, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., who supervises the OHSU Transgender Health Program.
All Science Café talks will be live-streamed online.
Each hour-long talk features a presentation by an OHSU expert. Viewers are asked to register and submit questions in advance by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oregon National Primate Research Center Science Café events are supported by the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Child Health and Human Development and National Centers for Translational Research in Infertility.