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November 2013









The Election Results are in!

We would like to thank all of the candidates for running for office and the Nominations Committee, chaired by Peg McCarthy, for bringing together a wonderful slate of truly outstanding candidates. The membership has elected the following Councilors and Young Investigator Councilor:


  • Melissa Holmes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • Gretchen Neigh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Emory University
  • Marcia Stefanick, Ph.D., Professor, Stanford University, School of Medicine
  • Jennifer Tremmel, M.D., Assistant Professor, Stanford University, School of Medicine

Young Investigator Councilor

  • Marianne Seney, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh



The Program is set for the 2014 OSSD Annual Meeting!

Topics range from sex differences in the gut microbiome to the development of gender identity. The meeting starts with a pre-meeting workshop entitled Inflammation 101 with speakers discussing sex differences in inflammation and related disorders ranging from mental health to cardiovascular and autoimmune disease.  The two Plenary Keynotes, 'Sex Differences in the Gut Microbiome Drive Hormone-Dependent Regulation of Autoimmunity' (Dr. Jayne Danska) and 'Sex & Gender in Differences in Stress & Aging' (Dr. Jens Pruessner) will be exciting and of interest to all attendees. Both speakers touch on the interaction of environmental and biological factors and highlight one of the central themes of the meeting: 
Sex goes beyond the gonads and affects all body systems.

Among the line-up of symposium topics are:

  • Structural changes to funding agencies and mechanisms to heed sex and gender differences
  • The production of sex and gender-appropriate drugs and medical devices
  • Advances in understanding sex differences in cardiovascular disease
  • Aromatase as a key molecular player in obesity, addiction, aggression and more
  • Sex differences in the gut microbiome and its effects on the immune and urinary tract systems
  • Sex differences in drug addictions and eating disorders
  • Sex differences in developmental trajectories for affective and gender disorders

It is a full and thought-provoking program with a balance of ground-breaking research as well as discussions on structural changes in governmental, publishing, and device design policies to incorporate what the science of sex differences research has established, thereby moving us from research to practice.

Join us in Minneapolis at the Commons Hotel, April 24th - 26th, 2014, for this exciting opportunity to learn and network! 

Register for the meeting here.

To reserve a room at the OSSD conference rate, click here.



 Recently published in the 'BSD'

The BSD is currently being tracked by the Thomson Reuters (ISI) for Impact Factor.

The unofficial impact factor for the BSD is 4.30. 
The official impact factor for the BSD is due June 2017.


Sex differences in the prognostic significance of KRAS codons 12 and 13, and BRAF mutations in colorectal cancer:  a cohort study.

Wangefjord S, Sundström M, Zendehrokh N, Lindquist KE, Nodin B, Jirström K and Eberhard J Biology of Sex Differences 2013, 4:17 (10 September 2013)



Sex and inflammation in respiratory diseases:  a clinical viewpoint

Casimir GJ, Lefèvre N, Corazza F and Duchateau Rocca Biology of Sex Differences 2013, 4:16 (1 September 2013)


Consider submitting your next manuscript to the Biology of Sex Differences.

Other Announcements

  • The BSD at SfN. The Biology of Sex Differences journal will be represented via BioMed Central at the up-coming Society for Neuroscience (SfN) annual meeting in San Diego, CA.  Come and visit the BioMed Central Booth 137.


  • Please consider donating to the OSSD.  Running a world-class meeting, such as the annual OSSD meeting, is expensive.  Sponsorship from industry is exceedingly difficult to acquire.  To keep the meeting affordable while still providing travel awards and poster awards for outstanding trainees, the OSSD needs your help! Remember how tight your budget was as a student?  Help support future scientists by donating today.  A $250 dollar (all tax deductible) donation can provide a travel grant for a trainee.  Any amount will help. You can make a difference and insure the success of the annual meeting in 2014.  Donate today!


  • Join the OSSD.  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 a comparable opportunity to share research 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 annual meeting.





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