The science of gender: evidence for what influences gender development and gender dysphoria and what are the respective influences of nature and nurture

Conference overview

The 2018 European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) science symposium

The ESPE seeks to promote the dissemination of new scientific knowledge, closing the gap between scientific research and patient care.

ESPE’s gender dysphoria special interest working group together with the UK Gender Identity Development Service at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to present the 2018 ESPE Science Symposium, on the “Science of Gender”.

This two-day symposium will look at:

  • Evidence for what influences gender development and gender dysphoria and what are the respective influences of nature and nurture.

  • What are the potential psychological – psychosocial impacts of endocrine treatment for gender dysphoria and the science behind this.

The 2018 ESPE Science Symposium has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 European CME credits. Please see below for more details.

Thursday 18 October 2018

1.00pm

Registration and light lunch

1.45pm

Introduction and welcome: exploring all the avenues in gender development

2.00pm

Genetic perspective - differences and similarities between gender dysphoria and sex development disorders

Dr Polly Carmichael, Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK

2.30pm

Cognitive perspective - Physical brain maturation – the developing brain in puberty. Emotional and cognitive development, independence and autonomy

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UK

3.00pm

Questions and discussion

3.30pm

Refreshment break

4.00pm

Endocrine perspective - Pubertal development, sexual behaviour, gender identity and mental health in adolescence               

Professor Riittakerttu Kaltiala-Heino, Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Tampere, Finland

4.30pm

Emotional and social perspective – what is the relationship between gender identity, family functioning and associated mental health difficulties?

Dr Sarah Davidson with invited patients and participants, Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK

5.00pm

Questions and discussion

5.30pm

Break and buffet tea

6.30pm

Ethical dilemmas in transgender care for children and adolescents. Introduction to case presentations and discussions

Professor Martine de Vries, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands

Case and scenario presentations from delegates. Please contact us if you wish to present a case.

7.00pm

Issues surrounding the participation of transgender athletes in sport

Professor Alan Rogol, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

 7.30pm

Questions and discussion

8.00pm

Close


Friday 19 October 2018

9.00

Arrival and refreshments

Gender and the Brain

9.15am

Exploring the neurobiology of gender dysphoria

Professor Nicos Skordis, Department of Paediatrics, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

9.45am

Patterns of development which may influence gender identity including autistic spectrum functioning

Dr Annelou de Vries, Centre for Expertise on Gender Dysphoria, Free University VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

10.15am

Questions and discussion

10.45pm

Refreshment break

11.00am

Influence of endogenous hormones on maturation - how do sex hormones affect gender expression in DSD and gender variance?

Dr Baudewijntje Kreukels, Centre for Expertise on Gender Dysphoria, Free University VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands

11.30am

Sex hormone manipulation and brain function

Dr Vibe Frokjaer, Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

12.00pm

Effect of pubertal blockade with GnRH analogues on neurocognitive function and physiological maturation

Professor Neil Evans, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland

12.30pm

Questions and discussion

1.00pm

Lunch

Poster presentations from all student participants and delegates who wish to submit a poster


Pros and cons of endocrine treatment in gender dysphoria

2.00pm

Effects of GnRH analogues and cross-sex hormones on growth and puberty

Professor Gary Butler, University College London Hospital and Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, UK

2.30pm

Longer term outcome of cross sex hormone treatment

Dr Leighton Seal, Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, UK

3.00pm

Questions and discussion

3.30pm

Refreshment break

3.45pm

Managing the pubertal axis in young people with gender dysphoria – how effective is it and what can be improved?

Prof Martine Cools, Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology, University Hospital Gent, Belgium

4.15pm

Risks of hormonal interventions in the  short and long term - how is bone, cardiovascular health and cancer morbidity affected?

Dr Alessandra Fisher, Department of Experimental, Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, Careggi University Hospital, Italy

4.45pm

Questions and discussion

5.15pm

Closing remarks

5.30pm

Close

7.00pm

Networking dinner in local restaurant (included in registration fee)


Professor Gary Butler, University College London Hospital (Convener)

Prof Martine De Vries, Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands

Dr Sabine Hannema,  Leiden University Medical Centre, Netherlands

Prof Katharina Main, Rikshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Prof Nicos Skordis, Nicosia Medical School, Cyprus

Dr Polly Carmichael, GIDS, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

Dr Sarah Davidson, GIDS, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

This symposium is sponsored by an educational grant and is limited to 100 attendees including the faculty.

Delegates may come from any professional clinical and scientific discipline which is related directly or indirectly to the topic. The conference is not aimed at support group personnel or those from a political background. 

25 sponsored places are funded by the grant for young clinicians and scientists defined as those who are less than 8 years (full-time equivalent) since completion of doctorate training, working within the field upon competitive application: 

https://www.eurospe.org/education/espe-science-symposium/

Thursday 18 October 2018, 1.00pm – 7.30pm

Friday 19 October 2018, 9.00am – 5.30pm


This conference is closed for booking.

Tavistock Centre

120 Belsize Lane

London

NW3 5BA

UK

The symposium's tickets are priced at £75 per attendee, including dinner. We are able to offer this price as the ESPE Science Symposium is supported by an educational grant from Pfizer. In 2018, the ESPE Science Committee selected and approved an application to host a meeting submitted by the ESPE Gender Dysphoria Working Group together with the UK Gender Identity Development Service at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This application was selected on merit and Pfizer was not involved in this process. 

The 2018 ESPE Science Symposium – The Science of Gender, London, United Kingdom,

18/10/2018-19/10/2018 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME®) with 10 European CME credits (ECMEC®s). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


Through an agreement between the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert EACCME® credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME® credit to AMA credit can be found at 

www.ama-assn.org/education/earn-credit-participation-international-activities.


Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognised by the UEMS-EACCME® for ECMEC®s are deemed to be Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Type:
Conference
Location:
London
Date:
18 October 2018 13:00 to 19 October 2018 17:30

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