Historically, rodent disease models have mainly used a single sex or did not stratify outcomes by sex when both sexes were studied. These experimental approaches were based on the assumption that disease mechanisms or treatment effects observed in one sex would also apply to the other. However, it has recently been recognized that disease conditions and responses to therapy may differ between sexes. Reversing the “single sex” or “no sex-stratification” approaches in rodent studies have been slow to change, partly due to male and. female animal availability issues and costs, insufficient investigator knowledge of reproductive and gender biology, limits on research funding, and sex-related laboratory animal management concerns. This session will provide an opportunity to educate participants how consideration of sex as a biological variable might impact design of experimental studies with rodent models in terms of science and laboratory animal care and management.
Research And Development
Medical Laboratory Technician38%