June 2014
View this email in your browser
A Message from the President of the OSSD
Dr. Louise D. McCullough

Welcome to the Newsletter for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD)!
Our mission is to promote research in, and knowledge of, sex and gender differences in biology and medicine. There are solid scientific and medical reasons as to why it is important to take sex and gender into account. For example, a sex difference in a physiological process is one way in which that process is regulated. This makes studying the sex factor a sure way to gain insight into many factors that may control that process. Likewise, sex differences in the vulnerability for a disease may reveal factors that are protective, thereby suggesting strategies to prevent or ameliorate that disease. You will find that the multi-disciplinary nature of OSSD's community is very inspiring and that it promotes cross-fertilization of ideas among disciplines and honing of 'best practices' in sex and gender medicine within disciplines.

To nurture our community, our highest priority is to hold high-quality annual meetings. We invite you to experience this for yourself at our next meeting in April 2015, at Stanford University in California.
OSSD's official journal, Biology of Sex Differences (BSD), celebrated its third anniversary in November 2013. BSD is a terrific place to publish your best work on sex differences. Thomson Reuters (ISI) is currently tracking OSSD for an official impact factor. BSD's unofficial impact factor is 4.3.
The OSSD continues annually to support up-and-coming researchers via its Florence Haseltine Poster Award, Elizabeth Young New Investigator Symposium, and Travel Awards. This year, OSSD and BiomedCentral are launching a new annual award for most meritorious article published in BSD by an OSSD member in terms of novelty, general interest, and significance.

If you haven't already, please join us by becoming a member or by making a donation to support our outreach and educational efforts.

Louise D. McCullough, M.D.,Ph.D.
Departments of Neurology &Neuroscience
The University of Connecticut Health Center
The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital
Quick Links
Save the Date: OSSD 2015
April 21st - 23rd, 2015
Palo Alto, California

OSSD 2015 will be held at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on the Stanford University School of Medicine campus and will be sponsored in part by the Stanford Women and Sex Difference in Medicine (WSDM), the Women's Heart Health at Stanford, and the National Institutes of Health.
The Program Committee, chaired by Christine Disteche, is currently putting together an excellent selection of symposium and special lectures, which will highlight the ever-growing interest in sex differences research, which has even made its way into the public spotlight and caught the attention of scientists and policy-makers alike.
  Palo Alto offers an exciting array of local activities and restaurants while San Fransisco is just 45 minutes away by train or car.
We look forward to seeing you and your latest research in Palo Alto in April 2015!
Highlights from the OSSD 2014 Meeting
OSSD 2014 in Minneapolis, MN was a great success.  We were happy to see approximately 250 registered attendees at the meeting.  There were 11 exciting symposium, a plenary round table, two special lectures, and two bustling poster sessions.  We are especially grateful to our fantastic Program Committee, chaired by Gillian Einstein, and our local host, Bob Meisel, who organized a terrific and stimulating meeting. To view the OSSD 2014 Program Book or Meeting Abstracts visit:

Trainees continue to serve a central role in the OSSD Annual Meeting program.  This year, trainee awards were presented in three different categories:  the Elizabeth Young New Investigators, Travel Awards, and the Florence P. Haseltine Best Poster Awards.
Presenters in the Elizabeth Young New Investigator Symposium were Joel Berletch, Stephanie Correa, and Ke Liu. 
Travel awards were given to George Chen, Pelin Cegniz, Sarah Doran, Emily Jacobs, Natalie Riediger, Shayna Williams-Burris, and Lauren Wright.
The Florence P. Haseltine Awards for Best Poster Presentation went to Jenny Link (graduate student) and Ezequiel Marron Fernandez de Velasco (postdoc).

Congratulations to all winners!  We are especially grateful to Florence Haseltine for her continued and enthusiastic support of our trainees.
OSSD Council Nominations

The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences encourages you to participate in the governance of the OSSD!
The OSSD Nominations Committee is seeking interested full-members who want to serve a three-year term as Councilor (April 2015 - April 2018).  Councilors have the following responsibilities:
  • Provide complementary oversight governance with the OSSD executive committee over all matters concerning the OSSD and the activities in which the OSSD is involved.
  • Attend 1 face-to-face meeting of Council at the annual meeting in the Spring of each year and 1 teleconference meeting in the Fall of each year.
  • Volunteer to serve and actively participate in at least one OSSD committee.
Nominations are being accepted from July 1 through August 1, 2014.  Nominations should include a 2-4 page NIH biosketch which includes a brief paragraph describing the individual's committment to research and education in the field of sex differences research.  Nominations can be sent to the Chair of the Nominations Committee, Kevin Beck, at  Self-nominations are encouraged.
Recently Published in the 'BSD'

The effects of perinatal testosterone exposure on the DNA methylome of the mouse are late-emerging.
Ghahramani NM, Ngun TC, Chen PY, Tian Y, Krishnan S, Muir S, Rubbi L, Arnold AP, de Vries G, Forger NG, Pellegrini M, and Villain E.
Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:8 (13 June 2014)


GenderMedDB:  an interactive database of sex and gender-specific medical literature.
Oertelt-Prigione S, Gohlke BO, Dunkel M, Preissner R and Regitz-Zagrosek V.
Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:7 (23 May 2014)


Transcriptional effects of gene dose reduction.
Chen ZX, Golovnina K, Sultana H, Kumar S and Oliver B.
Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:5 (3 March 2014)


Sex differences in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis:  neuropathic pain behavior in females but no tmales and protection from neurological deficits during protestrus.
Rahn EJ, Iannitti T, Donahue RR and Taylor BK
Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:4 (28 February 2014)

Announcements and Job Opportunities

Join the OSSD.  The OSSD is an independent non-profit organization that fosters unique interdisciplinary opportunities for investigators interested in sex-based biology.  There is no other scientitfic organization that provides basic and clinical scientists, clinicians, and epidemiologists with a comparable opportunity to share rsearch related to sex differences across disciplines.  If you haven't done so already, experience this for yourself by becoming an OSSD member and attending the upcoming annual meeting.

Annual award for OSSD member publication in 'Biology of Sex Differences'.  Biology of Sex Differences (BSD) is the official journal of the OSSD, dedicated to promoting research in, and knowledge of, sex and gender differences in biology and medicine.  BioMed Central, publisher of Biology of Sex Differences, and the OSSD have established an annual award to highlight the best research published in the journal by OSSD members.  The prize will be awarded to the article that is deemed most worthy in terms of novelty, general interest, and significance, by the journal's Editor-in-Chief, Art Arnold, and an accompanying panel of researchers. Visit the BSD website for more details,

The BSD is co-owned by the Society for Women's Health Research and BioMed Central, the publisher.

Post Doctoral position in Neuroscience Karolinska Institutet, Dept of Women’s and Children’s Health.  We are seeking a highly talented, innovative and enthusiastic researcher preferably with a PhD in neuroscience and with experience of brain imaging (the latter is mandatory).  The research will be conducted at the Div of Behavioral Neurology at the Department of Neurology Karolinska University Hospital and at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet, which is part of the Stockholm Brain Institute (SBI). Our team consists of physicians, physicists, psychologists and biomedical experts, and our laboratory has expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), PET, and psychophysics. In addition, the Stockholm Brain Institute has MeG and TMS facilities. We have access to two state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI scanners and the latest generation of the PET scanner at Karolinska Institutet and Hospital.  This position regards studies of sex differences in the human brain and their implications for various neuropsychiatric disorders. Special interest is paid to the impact of sex hormones. The position includes studies of the biological underpinnings behind sexual orientation and sexual identity. Several imaging techniques are combined with behavioral testings. The ideal candidate will have expertise in human brain imaging (PET, MRI), and mathematics, have knowledge about brain anatomy, and insight in experimental psychology. The applicant should have experience in MRI acquisition and analysis, programming skills, basic knowledge of statistics and an appreciation of methodological issues in cognitive brain imaging. The applicant should be thorough, efficient, a good communicator, and enjoy working as part of a diverse and energetic, interdisciplinary team. There will be many opportunities for own development including national and international workshops and meetings.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate a consistently good academic record, including publications in international journals. The position is for an initial 12-month period, with the possibility of a permanent contract. Applicants with a foreign PhD are welcome.  For further information please contact Professor Ivanka Savic, E-mail:, ph +46709380738  
'Like' us on Facebook
Follow the 'BSD' on Twitter
Visit our website
Copyright © 2014 Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD), All rights reserved.