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TORONTO x JUNE 29, 2018

A day of sexual discovery through scientific inquiry

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TORONTO x JUNE 29, 2018

A day of sexual discovery through scientific inquiry

 

Love and sex down to a science at the Royal Ontario Museum.

SEXposium is a space where sex and science converge, bringing academic and community audiences together to exchange ideas on love and sex. Serving students, scientists, and the incurably curious, our mission is to spark connection, conversation, and curiosity about love, sex, and gender, and apply new scientific findings to strengthen relationships, health, and well-being. We also serve up-and-coming researchers— giving students a platform to forge collaborations and share findings with the community.

Join us at the ROM for a day of provocative dialogue and sexual discovery— packed with talks, discussions, and posters that explore the psychology of sex differences, mating strategies, romantic chemistry, and everything in-between. 

DATE & HOURS

June 29, 2018, 10a-11p

LOCATION

100 Queens Park                     Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6 

CONTACT

Diana Peragine
info@sexposium.ca

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love & intimacy ♥ sex differences ♥ genders & sexualities ♥ sexual selection desire & sexual function ♥ mating strategies ♥ attachment processes biological bases of attachment & love

 

program.


 

 

love & intimacy ♥ sex differences ♥ genders & sexualities ♥ sexual selection desire & sexual function ♥ mating strategies ♥ attachment processes biological bases of attachment & love

 

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speakers.


 

 

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MICHAEL SETO

WHAT ARE CHRONOPHILIAS?

Dr. Michael Seto is a Canadian forensic psychologist, sexologist, and author. He is director of Forensic Rehabilitation Research at the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group, where he is one of the foremost authorities on adolescent sex offenders. Much of his research has focused on the psychological characteristics of sex offenders, their risk for reoffending, and the relationship between paraphilias and sexual offending. He has suggested that perhaps 3% of men are sexually attracted to prepubescent children, and that pedophilia can be understood as a sexual orientation with regard to age-just as heterosexuality, bisexuality, or homosexuality can be understood as sexual orientations with regard to gender.

Michael is editor in chief of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, and an associate editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior. He also serves on the editorial board for the journal Law and Human Behavior, as well as the Journal of Sex Research. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and holds cross-appointments to Ryerson University, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa.

MORAG YULE

HUMAN ASEXUALITY: WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED ABOUT A LACK OF SEXUAL ATTRACTION?

Dr. Morag Yule is a Staff Psychologist at the Toronto Sexuality Centre and is best known for her ground-breaking research on asexuality and its assessment. Morag received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia and completed her clinical internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She has extensive training in and experience with gender identity issues and sexual dysfunctions, including problems with sexual desire, trouble experiencing sexual arousal and orgasm, and sexual pain. Her therapeutic approach focuses on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness techniques, as well as using interpersonal techniques to allow clients to foster stronger personal relationships.

MIKE SALTER

SEX, PAIN AND MICROGLIA

Research has demonstrated that men and women have different sensitivity to pain and that more women suffer from chronic pain than men, but the assumption has always been that the wiring of how pain is processed is the same in both sexes.

Dr. Michael Salter is Chief of Research at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), a Senior Scientist in the Program in Neurosciences & Mental Health, and a Professor of Physiology at the University of Toronto. His research has revealed for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. His work has far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain, and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice (which has historically excluded females from trials). Determining whether pain signalling is sexually dimorphic in humans and, further, addressing the sex bias in pain research is crucial to increasing the translational value of preclinical research and advancing our understanding of chronic pain in women.

TERRY HUMPHREYS

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Dr. Terry Humphreys is a Professor of Psychology at Trent University whose research focuses broadly on sexual communication in intimate relationships. Specifically, he studies the negotiation of sexual consent in multiple contexts (i.e., sexual (mis)communication and sexual coercion); sexuality and technology (e.g., sexting and internet use in young adulthood); sexual resourcefulness; and first sexual experiences.

Terry is President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and a Past-President of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. He is Editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Sex Research and a reviewer for a number of other sexuality-related journals. Terry is also a long-standing planning committee member of the Guelph Sexuality Conference (Canada’s largest and longest running annual sexuality conference).

SUE JOHNSON

SEX AND BONDING SCIENCE

Dr. Sue Johnson is known for her innovative work in the field of psychology on bonding, attachment, and adult romantic relationships. Johnson's work emerged on the family therapy and psychology field at a time when most couple's therapy approaches focused on cognitive and behavioral interventions, improving communication skills, teaching negotiation skills, or applying psychoanalytic theory to the relationship. Sue's focus on emotions and emotional process was often met with disdain or dismissed as it ran contrary to dominant views of emotion as being "problematic" or "unnecessary" to address in couples therapy.

Sue is the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the founder of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). She also heads the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and is Professor Emeritus in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California. Her best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

GEERT DE VRIES

SEX DIFFERENCES IN THE BRAIN: A WHOLE-BODY PERSPECTIVE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Ever since discovering major sex differences in the vasopressin innervation of the brain as a grad student, Dr. Geert De Vries has studied the development and function of sex differences in the brain. This culminated in him proposing the idea that such differences can cause (as well as prevent) sex differences in behavior and the rest of the body. He currently studies interactions between gut microbiota and the brain as a Professor of Neuroscience at Georgia State University.

Geert joined Georgia State University in 2012, leaving a long-standing position at the University of Massachusetts--where he directed the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies and an NIH-funded Training Program in Neuroendocrinology. He is a founding member and Past President of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and Past President of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. He has served on editorial boards of Endocrinology and Hormones and Behavior, and on the advisory boards of Canada’s Institute of Gender and Health and NIH’s Office on Women’s Health Research.

NANCY FORGER

SEX DIFFERENCES IN THE BRAIN: A WHOLE-BODY PERSPECTIVE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Georgia State University's Professor of Neuroscience and Director of The Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Nancy Forger, argues that genes are just the beginning of our formation as humans and that new research in epigenetics has the potential to explain how experiences, the environment, and even what your mother ate while you were in the womb affect who you are today. Current research in Nancy's lab examines how cell death and epigenetics contribute to sex difference in the brain. In addition to work on traditional lab animals, Nancy has led projects examining the effects of sex and social status on the brains of naked mole-rats, and was a long-time collaborator on the Berkeley spotted hyena project.

Nancy has served on study sections for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the journals Endocrinology and Hormones and Behavior. She is a Councilor of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, and a member of the Executive Board of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology.

JAMES PFAUS

FEMALE SEXUAL DESIRE: IS IT REALLY THAT ENIGMATIC?

Dr. James Pfaus is a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Concordia University. In lieu of a career in punk rock, James opted to study the brain signals underlying sexual behavior and then see what happened when he manipulated them. His research on sexual function in humans focuses on subjective and objective measures of sexual desire and pleasure in women and men, and how these measures are altered by different types of erotic stimulation. He also studies the sexual functioning of individuals under stress or with anxiety disorders, and has held consulting grants from pharmaceutical and biotech companies to work on sexual side-effects of different psychiatric medications, and on the identification of new drugs to treat sexual dysfunctions.

James has published over 120 research papers, reviews, and book chapters, and his research into the mechanisms of sexual desire in the brain has received been the subject of many newspaper, magazine, and television reports. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and sits on the editorial boards of the Behavioral Neuroscience, Hormones and Behavior, and Physiology and Behavior.

RAY BLANCHARD

HOW AND (POSSIBLY) WHY OLDER BROTHERS INFLUENCE SEXUAL ORIENTATION IN LATER-BORN MALES

Dr. Ray Blanchard is an American-Canadian sexologist and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto best-known for his work on paraphilias, transgenderism, and sexual orientation. His research in the field of sexual orientation has shown that older brothers increase the odds of homosexuality in later-born males, a phenomenon known as the fraternal birth order effect. His work on paraphilias, in collaboration with James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), has shown that pedophiles have lower than expected mean IQ’s and higher rates of non-right-handedness, suggesting perturbation of prenatal neurodevelopment in pedophilic males and a possible "biological basis" for pedophilia.

Ray was Head of Clinical Sexology Services in the Law and Mental Health Program at CAMH from 1995 to 2010, and was a member of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. In 2004, he served as President of the International Academy of Sex Research.

Let's talk about sex.

Provocative ideas from 9 of the brightest minds in sex research.

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Ray Blanchard

BIOLOGICAL BASES OF SEXUALITY

Geert De Vries

SEX DIFFERENCES IN THE BRAIN

Nancy Forger

EPIGENETICS OF SEX DIFFERENCES 

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Terry Humphreys

SEXUALITY AND TECHNOLOGY

Sue Johnson

SEX AND BONDING

Jim Pfaus

SEXUAL DESIRE OF MICE AND (WO)MEN

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Mike Salter

SEX DIFFERENCES IN PAIN

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Michael Seto

THE PUZZLE OF CHRONOPHILIAS

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Morag Yule

UNDERSTANDING ASEXUALITY

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location.


 

BETTER SEX THROUGH SCIENCE AT THE royal ontario museum

Boasting more than six million items and forty galleries, The ROM is a world leader in natural history and world cultures, and Canada's largest field-research institution.

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location.


 

BETTER SEX THROUGH SCIENCE AT THE royal ontario museum

Boasting more than six million items and forty galleries, The ROM is a world leader in natural history and world cultures, and Canada's largest field-research institution.

Learn More

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aftershow.


After a day of new ideas, explore the ROM after dark and enjoy live DJs, drag and burlesque as part of #FNLROM.

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aftershow.


After a day of new ideas, explore the ROM after dark and enjoy live DJs, drag and burlesque as part of #FNLROM.

Learn hard, play hard.

In partnership with #FNLROM: Arachnophile

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ART & PERFORMERS

Swing by the adult coloring book bar, hit the dancefloor, catch some live body painting, or watch our fairy dragmother and Toronto's fiercest queens serve Once Upon A Tuck realness in the Whistle While you WERK! drag show. It's a fishy tale come true. May the best princess...WIN!

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DJS & DANCE LESSONS

We're fusing retro swing tunes of the ‘20s with modern house, hip-hop and drum ‘n bass beats! It’s the hottest Electro Swing Speakeasy this side of the '40s, complete with drop-in swing dance lessons! So grab a partner and Lindy hop on down— it's time to party like its prohibition...

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GALLERIES & EXHIBITS

Explore the ROM after dark and see the forces of attraction through the lenses of art, nature, and culture. Traverse world-renowned collections, featured exhibitions, and Out of the Vaults! artifacts— including love and romance items from the ROM's Ancient Egypt Collection. 

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tickets.


"First Base"

SEXposium talks + FNL discount
talks, snacks, refreshments + 20% off admission to #FNLROM
$9

 

"Second Base"

SEXposium talks +  'lunch and learn' poster seminar + FNL discount

talks, lunch, refreshments + 20% off admission to #FNLROM
$25

 

Presenter Package

talks, lunch, refreshments + ticket to #FNLROM

Invite provided with abstract acceptance.

$40

GET TICKETS

tickets.


"First Base"

SEXposium talks + FNL discount
talks, snacks, refreshments + 20% off admission to #FNLROM
$9

 

"Second Base"

SEXposium talks +  'lunch and learn' poster seminar + FNL discount

talks, lunch, refreshments + 20% off admission to #FNLROM
$25

 

Presenter Package

talks, lunch, refreshments + ticket to #FNLROM

Invite provided with abstract acceptance.

$40

GET TICKETS

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Giving Sex Ed a whole new meaning. 

PRESENTATION OPPORTUNITIES

SEXposium is a unique opportunity for graduate and undergraduate researchers to share their findings while furthering science outreach and accessability. The conference will feature student poster & oral presentations in addition to talks from leading experts, giving young scientists a forum to: 

  • Share their ideas with academic and community audiences
  • Network with peers and experts conducting research in and around their discipline
  • Broaden their knowledge and learn about careers in science
  • Explore the ROM after dark and enjoy live DJs, drag, and burlesque as part of ROM Friday Night Live.

Student applicants may present their research in poster-format or apply to be considered by the SEXposium Program Committee for a speedtalk. 

Honorariums will be awarded to outstanding oral and poster presentations.

Full presentation specifications and payment instructions will be forwarded after abstract acceptance. 

The extended deadline for abstract submission is Monday June 18, 2018. 

 
 
 
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