SYMPOSIUM: Interdisciplinary Ambitions: Women’s Mental Health from History to Neurobiology

  • Datum: –18.30
  • Plats: SCAS SCAS, Linnéanum, Thunbergssalen, Thunbergsvägen 2 Uppsala
  • Föreläsare: Ingrid Ahnesjö, Anat Biegon, Jenny Douglas, Andrew S Fox, Tomas Furmark, François Georges, Lisa Käll, Elizabeth Lunbeck, Ann E Rogers, Ivanka Savic, Åsa Wallén-Mackenzie, Marlene Zuk
  • Webbsida
  • Arrangör: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS), Uppsala University’s Centre for Women’s Mental Health during the Reproductive Lifespan (WOMHER)
  • Kontaktperson: Klas Holm
  • Workshop

This is an event of the SCAS Natural Sciences Programme (Human Brains and Societies). It is a collaboration between Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) and Uppsala University’s Centre for Women’s Mental Health during the Reproductive Lifespan (WOMHER).


Mental health problems are increasing in prevalence in the Western world, placing mental health promotion, mental disorder prevention, and related interventions as major priorities for the society. The increase in mental health problems is particularly pronounced among women during the reproductive years.

Brain development is at the core of our understanding of mental health problems. The human brain is influenced by genetically determined sex differences and early postnatal experiences and is evolutionary adapted to withstand a range of environmental demands. Sex differences in brain function has gained increased interest over the past ten years. However, there is still a paucity of information on the specific characteristics of the female brain, and how it adapts to reproductive challenges like puberty, pregnancy and menopause. The lack of knowledge affects our understanding of the female brain function and our ability to distinguish functional adaptations from disease states, all of which have potential consequences for mental health and socialization. At the same time, our understanding of mental health problems in women must also consider women’s role in society, the expectations and societal norms they face and the experience and definition of mental illnesses.

This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scientists at the forefront of neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, sociology, humanities and neuroendocrinology to highlight major advances and challenges in the field of women’s mental health and suggest future avenues for research. Contributions will be made by the newly established Centre for Women’s Mental Health during the Reproductive Lifespan (WOMHER), where these research questions are in focus.

Organizing committee: Erika Comasco, Lisa Ekselius, Andreas Frick, Dan Larhammar, Alkistis Skalkidou, Agneta Skoog Svanberg, and Inger Sundström Poromaa.

Pre-registration is required by 29 April, 2022 at the latest. The number of seats is limited and seats will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

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