"Who Decides? Gender, Medicine, and the Public's Health"


Thu - Fri, Apr 10 to Apr 11, 8:00am - 5:30pm


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center (formerly Radcliffe Gymnasium), 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Gender, culture, economics, politics, and power affect health-care decisions by providers, patients, and communities in the United States and around the world. This conference will explore the choices behind medical research funding and practice, health-care delivery, and policy making.

Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler will open the conference on Thursday evening. She will give a presentation based on her book In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection (2013), which will include readings and a Q&A session moderated by Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater.

Friday’s program brings together physicians, policymakers, journalists, and academics. Panelists include United States Representative Louise Slaughter, NPR’s Julie Rovner, New York University’s Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s and UCLA’s C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD. Conference topics range from how gender dynamics shape health, research, and disease to health-care delivery under the Affordable Care Act.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2014-who-decides-conference.