Two research institutions promote a collection of health videos with a gender and humour approach

  • Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit
  • February 7th, 2022
(From left to right). Amparo Ausina, Ana Peiró and Marie Gombert.
(From left to right). Amparo Ausina, Ana Peiró and Marie Gombert.

The University of Valencia (UV) and the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH) have published an informative collection of videos on biomedical care and research with rigor, a gender perspective and humour. The ‘Girl things?’ project appears within the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is celebrated every February 11.

The initiative vindicates and deepens the gender perspective both in biomedical care and research. It is about “evidencing the differences and similarities between men and women in dealing with diseases and pain, both at a biological and psychosocial level. In biomedical research it is also crucial to incorporate this perspective to promote equity in health”, stresses one of the collaborators of the project, Ana Peiró, professor at the UMH and clinical pharmacologist at the Dr. Balmis Hospital.

Thus, in the first video of the series, three experts address postpartum pain, how menstrual cycles affect daily life, and the changes experienced during menopause. In this piece, which has benefited from the advice of Irene Aterido, sociologist and sexologist, Marie Gombert, doctoral student at the UV, emphasises the need to pay attention to biological rhythms and how these condition sight, smell, strength or digestion, among other issues.

“The topics are treated using humour to break false beliefs such as, for example, the idea that women must resign themselves to experiencing pain in any of the vital phases they go through”, adds paediatrician at the Dr. Balmis Hospital, Amparo Ausina.

Another of the videos in the collection, which has the collaboration of Nuria Gregori-Flor, anthropologist nurse and specialist in intersexualities at the General University Hospital of Elche and at the DSD Kaleidos organisation, addresses duality in genders and enriches it with other realities beyond masculine and feminine.

A third audiovisual piece, with the advice of the cardiologist at the National Cardiovascular Research Centre of the Carlos III Health Institute and director of the European Society of Cardiology, Héctor Bueno, focuses on the invisibility of women in cardiovascular disease research, which has historically been has focused on the symptomatology of heart attacks in men (the so-called Yentl Syndrome).

The audiovisual collection, which is funded by the Difunde Program of the UMH, is in line with the strategy of the Valencian health system that promotes a comprehensive approach to the health of women and men based on their biological and psychosocial differences, as well as the prevention of gender biases.


Research with a gender perspective

In this sense, the General University Hospital Dr. Balmis in Alicante will host on February 11, coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a conference on research with a gender perspective.

The event will feature the participation of experts from the academic world and Valencian research centres, who will address gender differences in issues such as smoking, COVID-19, fertility, addictions, neurodegenerative diseases, neonatology, diabetes, cancer or autoimmune diseases.

The conference, organised by the Miguel Hernández University, Isabial, the General University Hospital Dr. Balmis of Alicante, the University of Alicante and the Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health can be followed via streaming at this link.