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2017 TEDxBeaconStreet Interview with Simmie Foster. Women suffer more from pain and from autoimmunity than men. However, the sex bias and lack of communication between fields in research has led to a poor understanding of these disorders and why they happen more in women. By bridging disciplines and being inclusive in our research, we’ll find better treatments for everyone.

About the Speaker

Simmie Foster

Simmie Foster

As a psychiatrist seeing patients with pain and depression, immunologist, neuroscientist, former pain patient, and woman, I’m lucky to have experienced multiple perspectives. Currently, I am establishing collaborations to bridge the gaps in communication between disciplines so we can increase understanding and discovery. I’m enjoying teaching and mentoring in the lab and in the clinic—I’ve been extraordinarily lucky to have wonderful role models and now hope to give back.