Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS, recently commented on sex disparities in medical research during a segment on 60 Minutes, which aired on February 9. Dr. Kibbe is Edward G. Elcock Professor of Surgical Research, division of vascular surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, and deputy director of Northwestern University’s Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine. Correspondent Lesley Stahl conducted the interview, which focused on the conclusion of a growing number of scientists that differences between the sexes are understudied.
Dr. Kibbe, who recently launched a review of 1,091 articles published in leading surgical journals, noted that only 3 percent of the reported studies included males and females. “What’s more alarming,” she added, “is that 34 percent of the articles don’t even state the sex of the animal or the cell.” Ms. Stahl also interviewed Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine and professor of molecular biosciences at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Go to 60 Minutes Overtime to view Ms. Stahl’s extensive interview with Dr. Kibbe, much of which was posted online only.