Dr. med. h.c. Vera Regitz-Zagrosek is a cardiologist and founder of the Institute of Gender in Medicine at Charite, Berlin, and of the International Society Gender Medicine (IGM).
Coordinator of 3 gender related European projects, EUGENMED – Roadmap to Gender implementation in Biomedicine, EUGIM -European Curriculum in Gender Medicine, and GENCAD – Gender in coronary artery disease. Coordinator of the DZHK partner site Berlin, PI in BMBF project Gender and Age. Coordinator of first DFG Training and Research groups on Sex and Gender in heart failure, 2001 -2015, and the pilot project “Gender Medicine” (BMBF). Task Force Leader and guideline coordinator on “Cardiovascular Diseases in Pregnancy” of the European Society of Cardiology in 2011 and 2016-18. Focus of work: sex- and gender specific mechanisms in cardiovascular diseases.
She has published more than 200 scholarly articles, over 30 book chapters and two European standard works on gender medicine and gender-specific drug therapy. Set up the only German curriculum for gender medicine in a medical study program at the Charité Berlin, as well as a gender database and an elearning program. Organizer of international congresses, reviewer of numerous international journals, member of prize committees and review panels.
In November 2018, she was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her achievements in gender medicine.