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Science  03 Apr 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6486, pp. 21-25
DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6486.21

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Women at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) are charging the institute's outgoing scientific director with 10 years of sex discrimination. They say geneticist Constantine Stratakis oversaw a disproportionate decrease in the number of women leading experiment-running labs at the institute, and that he dismantled research on gynecological disease affecting adult women at the institute's Bethesda, Maryland, campus. Between 2013 and 2019, at least eight female professionals at NICHD filed equal employment opportunity complaints charging Stratakis with sex discrimination, age discrimination, or both. Stratakis denies all the claims, saying he elevated institute women into leadership positions and actively recruited women including three new gynecologists focused on disease in children and teens. In June, he is set to take a new job as executive director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

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