OSSD Newsletter, January 2013



January 2013

Dear OSSD Members and Friends,

We will be sending newsletters four times per year to keep you up-to-date about the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) and sex differences research, in general. Many of the images in the newsletter are clickable and will lead you to additional information. We value your participation and support of OSSD. Please send us your feedback.

Geert J. de Vries, President of OSSD

Sabra L. Klein, Secretary of OSSD


The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is seeking nominations for the positions of President-elect and Secretary. Nominations will be accepted from any OSSD member and self-nominations are encouraged. Individuals must have a demonstrated commitment to the scientific study of sex differences in any discipline and a desire to lead the society forward in its mission. Terms are for 2-years (Secretary) or 5 years (President-elect, 1 yr, President, 2 yrs, Immediate Past President, 2 yrs), and elected officials will serve as members of a large Executive Committee that includes a slate of councilors. The President will be responsible for coordinating all activities of the OSSD, including identifying and working with individuals to host and organize the annual meeting and coordinating with the editorship of the society journal, the Biology of Sex Differences. The Secretary will be responsible for maintaining accurate records of all Executive Committee meetings and for communicating with the society membership.

Nominations should include the name, degree, rank and affiliation of the individual along with a one-paragraph biosketch demonstrating scientific expertise and commitment to the study of sex differences. Submit all nominations to Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, at mmccarth@umaryland.edu.

Strong, creative and collaborative leadership are essential to the continued success and vibrancy of the OSSD. Please consider yourself, friends and colleagues as candidates for these important positions.


OSSD 2013

This year, OSSD's annual meeting will be held April 25-27 at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, New Jersey, right across the Hudson river from Midtown Manhattan.

We have an exciting program that includes keynote lectures by two leading experts in sex-based biology: neuroscientist Dr. Bruce McEwen from Rockefeller University, who will be speaking on "Sex, Stress and the Brain: From Serendipity to Clinical Relevance," and geneticist Dr. Eric Vilain from UCLA, who will be speaking on "Gender and genetics of sexual development." In addition, Dr. Alice Dreger, Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University, will give a special guest lecture on "The use of prenatal dexamethasone for congenital adrenal hyperplasia." Click on the names of these speakers for a bio.

To check out the complete program and register for OSSD 2013, please visit our website. To download a flyer, click on the image to the right.


The Value of OSSD Membership

OSSD is an independent non-profit organization that fosters unique interdisciplinary opportunities for investigators interested in sex-based biology. There is no other scientific organization that provides basic and clinical scientists, clinicians, and epidemiologists with such a comparable opportunity to share research related to sex differences across disciplines. Sex differences span every cell, pathway, and system in the body, and our members represent a wide diversity of fields, from genetics and endocrinology to cardiovascular biology, neuroscience, immunology, physiology and much more. This diversity generates a very stimulating environment. If you haven't done so already, experience this for yourself by becoming an OSSD member and attending the meeting. 

OSSD services a rapidly expanding field. PubMed indicates that each year, more and more papers are being written that use the term 'sex differences.' The bar on the right in the figure above indicates that last year's number has been well over a thousand!


OSSD's Journal

Biology of Sex Differences was started in 2010 as the official journal of the OSSD, with ongoing financial support from the Society for Womenís Health Research.

The journal did great in 2012: the total number of articles published more than doubled, the total number of accessions nearly quadrupled, and the number of articles that received the designation 'highly accessed' was five times as high, as was the number of citations. Consider publishing your next study on sex differences in the journal.


The Medtronic Prize

The Medtronic Prize given by the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) honors women researchers in the field of sex differences who are excellent scientists as well as great role models. If you know of such a person, direct her to the Society for Women's Health website.


OSSD Goes Social

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Get updates on the literature on sex differences from BSD's twitter site.





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