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Dr. Anke Ehrhardt Leads Panel on “The Neuroscience of Gender”

July 15, 2013


Dr. Anke A. Ehrhardt, Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at Columbia Psychiatry, chaired a panel discussion on “The Neuroscience of Gender” focused on the question of how sex hormones influence male and female behavior.  The event was sponsored by the German Center for Research and Innovation with RWTH Aachen University.The German Center provides a platform for German science, research, innovation and research-based companies  ( In 2011, the German Center featured University Professor Eric Kandel as one of two keynote speakers.

The panelists included leading neuroscience esteemed experts from Germany and the United States discussing the neural and hormonal basis of gender differences in behavior. Pictured above at left is Dr. Ehrhardt, an internationally known sex researcher and Director of Columbia’s Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health. At right is German Center Director Dr. Joann Halpern. The two panelists are at center: Dr. Bruce S. McEwen, who is Alfred E. Mirsky Professor and Head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University in New York and Dr. Ute Habel, who is Professor of Neuropsychological Gender Research with the University Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics at RWTH Aachen University.

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