Day 2 of SFN seems like ages and ages ago. To kick off the day I spent some quality time with the lovely ladies of my lab at Captiol Hill, where we ran into plenty of SFNers ;)
The first set of talks I attended was The Promise and Peril of Research of Sex Differences, the panel included Lise Eliot,Larry Cahill,Melissa Hines, Janet Hyde, and Maryjane Warga. One word that I would use to summarize it would be interesting. The speakers came from diverse fields, some were not members of SFN. While the presentations seemed overall emphasize the lack of a gender gap, save for Dr. Cahill’s talk, I found something was lacking. Individually all the members were naturally very well versed in their area of expertise. However as a researcher who is studying sex differences I found that I was disagreeing with a lot of what was being said. Needless to say during the question period things got a bit heated up with regards to whether or not sex differences were “relevant” enough to study. Overall it was a fascinating experience.
Right after that I hit up the poster sessions, saw some pretty cool stuff at the optiogenetics section, and met Michael Lehman who I will blog about after SFN:)
I discovered that I have no patience or time to go through the exhibitors for information or swag.. I did get a squishy brain though and an I love brains tote from the lovely people at protientech :)
Day 3 has already been crazy. Stay tuned for more updates!
Talk to y’all soon,