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About the Summit
During the Reproduction Module held in the 3rd year of medicine at ETH Zurich, I was shocked to find out that women of reproductive age were still often excluded from clinical trials out of the fear that menstrual cycles and hormonal fluctuations would act as ‘unnecessary’ and unpredictable variables.
I was equally disturbed to learn that gynaecological conditions affecting large swaths of the female population (such as Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hyperandrogenism, Menstruation and even something as simple as the side-effects of the pill) not only had no effective therapy to date, but are poorly understood with little research conducted on the matter.
Wanting to find out more about how these issues were being tackled, I was thrilled to discover the situation is beginning to change, not only from the perspective of research, but that an entire burgeoning industry is being forged with startups founded on the premise of being able to better deliver the care to patients who sorely need it.
And so the ETH Zurich FemTech Summit was organised: to not only introduce others to these issues and the exciting research, but to help people connect about the topic, spread the word and deepen the work.
As a leading international academic institution at the cutting edge of health sciences and technology, the aim of the Department of Health Sciences and Technology (D-HEST) is to create the foundations for sustaining and improving the quality of life for people into old age. The Department of Health Sciences and Technology accelerates the transfer of knowledge and technology in clinics, industry and society, and educates a new generation of students at the interface of science, technology, and medicine.
ETHZ Human Medicine: The path via ETH Zurich (for the Bachelor’s degree) and one of its partner universities (for the Master’s degree) lays the foundations for an education in human medicine that will go on to open up opportunities for exchange with the world of science and pave the way towards new developments and technologies. Tackling methods used in the world today, for instance in the areas of personalised medicine and medical engineering, provides a greater understanding of the opportunities and limitations of future treatment methods.
Women at the Table, founded and based in International Geneva, is the first Civil Society Organization to focus on feminist systems change by exercising leverage points in the key sectors of technology, the economy, sustainability and democratic governance. We accomplish this by using the prism of technology, innovation & AI.
Co-founders of the <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms, we focus on correcting algorithmic bias. This bias is notably present in medical research and outcomes which is why we are proud to co-sponsor the first ETHZ FemTech Summit.
We are leadership of the UN Women Generation Equality Forum Action Coalition for Technology & Innovation for Gender Equality.
Confronted with the fact that there is so little understanding of the range of gynecological syndromes (that I myself knew so little about prior to a Reproduction module), and understanding that historically there have been few therapeutic solutions proposed for Endometriosis, PCOS, contraception, fertility, or Menopause given the impact on a massive cohort of female patients, I was heartened to learn that there are so many cutting edge startups and innovative research projects exploding onto the global stage.
Happily, at ETH Zurich there is an opportunity to do a research project as a closing chapter to the Bachelor’s in medicine. This has been an extraordinary opportunity to liaise with and explore the work of researchers and companies based all over the world.
I love writing and producing with all the research, curation, and technological aspects needed for the work, so it’s been a delight to focus these past months on pulling together everything from the concept note to research and speaker outreach, overall curation and moderation.
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