I S O G E M  
 International Society of Gender Medicine  

The IGM     


The IGM was founded in 2006 aiming to promote gender medicine in research, education and patient care. The society developed and grew constantly, advancing the understanding of gender medicine by bringing together scientists and clinicians of diverse backgrounds and disciplines. The IGM network now comprises many national societies, individual members and networks of professionals dedicated to implement gender medicine in their specific environment.

An individual’s sex is one of the most important modulators of disease risk and response to treatment. Clinical decision making, choice of diagnostic tests and interventions must acknowledge sex and gender aspects. Basic science, development of drugs, as well as translational research should consider sex and gender differences. Integrating sex and gender in science will increase the sustainability and reproducibility of results. Integrating sex and gender in patient management will push personalized individual care, patient safety, quality and effectiveness of care.

The IGM encourages and facilitates interdisciplinary research on sex and gender in basic and clinical frameworks. We advocate for the consideration of sex and gender differences in the management of diseases in future guidelines, as well as their complications.

Gender medicine introduces the socio-cultural dimension of patient-oriented precision medicine.

Help us to make a major step in the improvement of science and medical care and join the IGM ! Become an active member and support the advocacy of sex and gender in health and disease in an international context ! Together we can make a difference !

Welcome to our society !

Alexandra Kautzky-Willer

President of the IGM



Aims of the IGM


specific purpose of the society is to establish and develop gender medicine in an international context by promoting gender –specific research in basic sciences, clinical medicine and public health. This is based on the insight, that the two sexes may have different experiences of the same disease: they may present with different symptoms, respond differently to therapy and tolerate/cope with the disease differently.  The pathophysiology of disease may also vary as a function of genetics, epidemiology and biological sex/gender.

Therefore, the society will aim to:

  • advance the understanding of sex/gender differences by bringing together scientists and clinicians of diverse backgrounds;
  • strive to implement gender in the medical curriculum, prepare and allocate gender-specific learning materials, curricula and gender trainings for instructors
  • promote gender-specific public health issues such as  information for persons, institutions and organizations in the area of gender medicine
  • facilitate interdisciplinary research on sex/gender differences in basic and clinical frameworks
  • encourage the application of new knowledge of sex/gender differences to improve health and health care
  • cooperate with other professional and international societies of gender medicine and similar scientific organizations
  • encourage and support the creation of professional organizations dedicated to the promotion of sex/gender medicine GM
  • encourage and support international cooperation, collaboration and education among professionals working in the field sex/gender medicine.
  • organize international meetings and congresses on relevant topics
  • assist in the publication of position papers and guidelines in credible scientific journals and textbooks