Catherine Vidal

Professional status
Research Director at Pasteur Institute, Paris (1981-2014).
Member of Ethics Committee of Inserm (French Institute for Health and Medical Research) since 2013

Professional Experience
Catherine Vidal holds a PhD (1976) and a “Doctorat d’État” (1986) in Neurophysiology (University of Paris, Pierre et Marie Curie). Her main research work at the Pasteur Institute (1981-2014) has been concerned with the physiology of pain, the role of prefrontal cortex in memory, the brain infection by AIDS virus and the neuropathology of Creuzfeld-Jacob and prion diseases. She is currently working at the Ethics Committee of Inserm, in charge of the working group “Gender and Health”. Besides her fundamental research, Catherine Vidal is involved in popularizing science, on the topics of sex/gender, neuroscience, ethics and society. She is the author of a large number of articles and books for the general public.

Participation in International Networks
Member of the core group of the “NeuroGenderings” network since 2010
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_NeuroGenderings_Network.
Expert for the US/EEC project “Gendered Innovation in Science Health & Medecine and Engineering Project”
http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu/

Participation in French Networks
Member of the boards of the french associations : “UN Women French partnership”, “Institut Emilie du Châtelet”, “Femmes et Sciences”, “Laboratoire de l’Egalité”.
Co-editor if the book collection “Egale à Egal” (Belin publisher)

Honours
Honour : Decoration : Chevalière de la Légion d’Honneur, 2009.
Award : Book Prize from l’Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques for “Cerveau, sexe et pouvoir” Belin, 2005.


Popular science publications

Articles in English

– “Neuro-Pedagogy of the Gender Theory”, in: Gendered Neurocultures, ed S. Schmitz, G. Höppner, Wien, Zaglossus, 321-336, 2014

– “Brain, sex and prejudice”, in : Portrait of a Lady : Women in Science, ed S. Avveduto, L. Pisacane, Roma, Gamgemi, 7-11, 2014

– “The sexed brain : between science and ideology”. Neuroethics, 5, 295- 303, 2012

– “The Sexed Brain: from Neurosexism to Neuroethics”. In : Gendered Ways of Knowing in Science,, ed G. Covi, T.Wobbe, S. Knauss, FBK Press, 2012

– “Brain, sex and ideology”, Diogenes, 52, 127-133, 2005


Books in French

– “Femmes et santé : encore une affaire d’hommes? ” (avec Muriel Salle), Coll Egale à Egal, Belin 2017

– “Nos cerveaux, tous pareils, tous différents ! “, Coll Egale à Egal, Belin 2015

– “Cerveau, sexe et pouvoir” (avec D. Benoit-Browaeys), Belin, nouvelle édition 2015

– “Féminin/Masculin : mythes et idéologie” ( dir. C. Vidal), Belin, nouvelle édition 2015

– “Hommes, femmes : avons-nous le même cerveau ? Le Pommier, 2012

– “Les filles ont-elles un cerveau fait pour les maths ? ” Le Pommier, 2012

 

Medias

– France Inter : La Tête au carré (2017) : “Genre et Santé”
www.franceinter.fr/emissions/la-tete-au-carre/la-tete-au-carre-18-decembre-2017

– Radio France International : Priorité Santé (2017)
www.rfi.fr/emission/20171026-femmes-sante-catherine-vidal-jennifer-merchant-dior-ndiaye

– France Culture ITW par Laure Adler (2016)
www.franceculture.fr/emissions/hors-champs/catherine-vidal

– TEDx Paris, «  Le cerveau a-t-il un sexe  ?» (2011)
www.tedxparis.com/catherine-vidal-le-cerveau-a-t-il-un-sexe

– Universcience TV «  Le cerveau a-t-il un sexe  ?», débat avec Françoise Héritier (2010) www.universcience.tv/media/2278/le-cerveau-a-t-il-un-sexe

– Les conférences du campus Condorcet (2015)
http://plus.franceculture.fr/cerveau-sexe-et-prejuges

– ENS Ulm, Les Ernest (2014)
www.les-ernest.fr/le-cerveau-t-il-un-sexe/

– Institut Pasteur web TV
http://video.supbiotech.fr/institut-pasteur-s02e06-catherine-vidal-le-cerveau-a-t-il-un-sexe–video-1014.html.

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