Dr. Els Pazmany received the Nature Reviews Urology Best Female Clinical Poster Award at the 18th Annual Congress of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM). Her poster was entitled: "The Leuven Vulvalgesiometer: Improved Device to Measure Genital Pain-Pressure Thresholds in Clinical Practice and Research."
New Research Projects
Also, Prof. Dr. Erick Janssen and Prof. Dr. Paul Enzlin are co-investigators on a new, international research project -- involving researchers from Norway, Denmark, UK, Belgium, Portugal, and Croatia -- on Sexuality and Aging. The project, which is funded by the Research Council of Norway, includes qualitative studies as well as representative surveys in several of the participating countries.
In het kader van de Warmste Week van Vlaanderen (Music for Life-actie van StuBru) hebben twee medewerkers van het Instituut, Prof. Dr. Paul Enzlin and Inge Blockmans, M.A., voor het Centrum voor Ontwikkelingsstoornissen (COS) publieke lezingen gegeven onder de titel: "Ook dat nog … ? Seksuele ontwikkeling en seksuele opvoeding van jongeren met een chronische ziekte of beperking …".
As part of the "Wamest Week of Flanders" (Music for Life by StuBru) initiative, Institute staff members Prof. Dr. Paul Enzlin and Inge Blockmans, M.A. offered public lectures in support of the Center for Developmental Disorders (COS) under the title: "And that, too...? Sexual development and sexual education of young people with a chronic disease or disability...".
University-wide Sexuality Course
KU Leuven has approved its first-ever university-wide human sexuality course, to be offered, in 2016, by our very own IFSS faculty.
"Sexuality in Perspective," will be offered every other year in English, and can be taken by bachelor and master students from any department.
Masters in Sex
We celebrated the graduation of a 48 new sexologists in September 2015. Kudos and congratulations to all of you, Masters in sex!
Research in Ecuador
The Spring and Summer of 2015, we were joined by Monse Jerves and Silvia López from the Universidad de Cuenca in Ecuador.
They are working on their dissertation projects under guidance of Dr. Paul Enzlin and supported by a collaborative program between universities in Flanders and Ecuador.
Dissertation on Dyspareunia
IFSS researcher Els Pazmany successfully defended her dissertation on dyspareunia.
Dr. Pazmany studied the role of cognitive-affective and interpersonal factors in the experience of dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse) in premenopausal women. She also explored underlying brain mechanisms using fMRI methods.You can find a summary of her findings here.
Spring in Full Swing
The Spring 2015 semester kept the students in our IFSS Master Program busy.
Classes offered included clinical sexology; sexual pedagogy; laws on sex/gender, sexuality, and reproduction; methods in sex research; gynecological aspects of sexuality and reproduction; relationship and family therapy (and case studies and practicum); diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems and disorders, and bioethics
Dissertation on Sexual Distress
IFSS researcher Lies Hendrickx successfully defended her dissertation on sexual distress.
Dr. Hendrickx studied, in a representative sample of Flemish men and women, the prevalence rates of sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, and the experience of sexual distress. In addition, she examined the importance of intra- and interpersonal factors in the prediction of sexual distress in women. A summary can be found here.
New Faculty Member
IFSS and the Department of Neurosciences welcome Erick Janssen to its faculty.
Prof. Dr. Janssen, who received his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam, brings many years of teaching and research experience to the Institute. He comes to Leuven from the USA, where he lived and worked for almost two decades and was Senior Scientist and Director of Education and Research Training at the famous Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.