Wednesday, 09.12.2020, 13.00 – 16.30, online event sponsored by the Zurich Institute for Evolutionary Medicine: Sex Differences in Immunity and the Trade-Off between Immune Defense and Autoimmunity from an Evolutionary Perspective

This is a public online event and participation is free but registration is required to obtain the Zoom-link: nicole.bender@iem.uzh.ch Webpage: www.iem.uzh.ch

Starts at 13:00 with Dr. Nicole Bender (Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland): “Introduction”.

Lafi Aldakak (Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland): “Why sexually transmitted infections are important to the evolution of sex-specific immune competence”.

Dr. Olivia Roth (Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany): “Evolution of male pregnancy and the remodeling of the adaptive immune system”.

Dr. med. Carmen-Marina Mihai (Dept. of Rheumatology, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland): “Sex differences in systemic autoimmune diseases: the whos, whats and whys”.

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Henshaw (Institute of Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany): “Sexual conflict over STIs: can it ever benefit males to infect their mates?”

Prof. Dr. Paolo Dotto (Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Lausanne, Switzerland): “Sexual dimorphism in cancer: intersecting genetic, epigenetic and immune signaling networks”.

Keynote by Prof. Dr. Kenneth Buetow (School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA): “The pregnancy compensation hypothesis: an explanation for sex differences in human disease risk.”

PD Dr. Nicole Bender (Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland): “Closing remarks”.