The Scientific Body of Knowledge - Whose Body Does it Serve? A Spotlight on Women's Brain Health
Since its inception, the biomedical sciences have centered the male body as the paragon of biology, often casting aside the female body as 'unknowable'. Jacobs' lecture considers the intersection between gender equity in STEM and the status of women’s health - not as concurrent phenomena, but connected ones. She examines critical ways in which progress in women’s health has stalled from the lack of female representation in biomedicine, including neuroscience. She'll end by highlighting emerging research programs, public policy changes, and private sector funding opportunities that position the female body as equal to the male, and by doing so are opening up new frontiers for understanding health and disease.
Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Berkeley and a B.A. in Neuroscience from Smith College. Prior to UCSB, she was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Medicine/Division of Women's Health at Brigham & Women's Hospital.