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Dr. Gillian Einstein PhD

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University of Toronto
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

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  • A.B.
  • Ph.D.
    University of Pennsylvania
  • PhD , Division - Social and Behavioral Sciences
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IGH Institute Advisory Board Members – Biographies - CIHR, 19 July 2014 [cached]
Gillian Einstein, PhD (Chair) Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health University of Toronto
Gillian Einstein is a neuroscientist who has published in vision, Alzheimer's and aging research, sex differences, and women's health. She has edited and annotated a book of classic papers in Hormones and Behavior called, Sex and the Brain (MIT Press, 2007).
She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and The Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Senior Scientist at Women's College Research Institute, Member of the Scientific Staff of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Senior Fellow of University College, and a member of both the Institute for Life Course and Aging, and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.
She is also founder and Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health at the University of Toronto, founding member of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, and a temporary advisor to WHO on the psychological effects of female genital cutting/mutilation. She served on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology, Duke University where she founded and directed the first year program, Exploring the Mind and was the recipient of the Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. She has also been a Scientific Review Officer at the National Institutes of Health (US), and the Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Women's Health at the University of Toronto. She has been a mentor in the Institute of Gender and Health's Summer Institute (2009, 2010) and In the spring term of 2010 she was a visiting professor with the Committee for Degrees in Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University.
Dr. Einstein's interests are in memory, sex/gender representations in the nervous system, mixed methods, and the bridge between our scientific understanding of the nervous system and larger concerns having to do with self, identity, feminism, and the nature of science. Her research program focuses on three major areas: 1) the neurobiological effects of such cultural practices as female genital cutting and 2) the effects of the ovulatory cycle on mood and memory; and 3) the representation of the female body in the brain.
Mentors | IMPART, 1 April 2014 [cached]
Gillian Einstein, PhD Dr. Einstein is a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto working primarily in the fields of neurodegenerative disease, cognitive neuroscience and sex-based biology.
For Dr. Gillian Einstein, it's ..., 30 Sept 2013 [cached]
For Dr. Gillian Einstein, it's a thrill to know her work on women's brain health will help people make more informed decisions about their bodies.
"It's really what I always wanted to do. I always wanted to work on scientific problems that would make a difference," she says.
Einstein is an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto's Department of Psychology and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health.
But, Einstein explains, there can be other consequences.
Earlier research has found that women who've had their ovaries removed faced a higher incidence of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's dementias than women who still had their ovaries.
Now, Einstein is trying to find out why.
Einstein expects to have some definitive results by the end of 2014.
The project will soon allow Einstein to recruit women prior to their surgeries, and to test them before and after the operation as well as a few years later. This will establish better benchmarks by which to compare the results. Einstein will also be collaborating with the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest to do brain imaging as part of her research.
"I'd very much like women who are electing to have ovaries removed - for very good reasons I might add - to have a full sense of what is going to follow," says Einstein. "They should know that while it will decrease their risk of ovarian cancer, there may also be some cognitive declines."
She adds that removing the ovaries can also have implications for bone and heart health, as well as the immune system. Einstein's hope is for women and doctors appreciate that removing the ovaries doesn't only affect the reproductive system, but the entire body.
"Estrogen is an incredible molecule, and it does amazing things in both men and women's bodies," says Einstein.
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Neuroscientist Gillian Einstein wasn't comfortable with the existing medical model that treats all women the same. Instead of stewing about the status quo, she took action and created the University of Toronto's Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health, allowing researchers from a variety of disciplines to come together to look at women's needs through multiple lenses. Einstein, who teaches at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, is curious about many other issues, too, including the effects of steroid hormones on the brain, how sleep and the menstrual cycle affect mental states and the neurobiological effects of genital cutting. One day, thanks to her, we'll all undoubtedly look at women's health differently.
IGH Institute Advisory Board - CIHR, 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
Gillian Einstein, PhD (Chair) Associate Professor of Psychology and Public Health University of Toronto
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