October 2014 
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OSSD 2015 Annual Meeting
April 21-23rd, 2015
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

The Preliminary Program
The preliminary program for OSSD 2015 is set! We are looking forward to another exciting meeting highlighting the latest in sex differences research.  This year, topics include sex differences in cardiovascular disease, vaccines, cognitive aging, and the implementation and advocacy of sex differences research in policy and practice. Visit the the OSSD 2015 meeting website for more information:
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OSSD Council Election Results

The election results are in! 
The OSSD Council election was a great success.  More electors participated in this election than ever before! We would like to congratulate the newly elected OSSD Councilors:
  • Dr. Christine Disteche
  • Dr. Rebecca Shansky
  • Dr. John Stallone
  • Dr. Vera Regitz-Zagrosek
Thank you to all of the OSSD members that ran for Council in the election and to Kevin Beck, Chair of the Nominations Committee, for getting together an excellent slate of candidates.
The OSSD responds to the NIH mandate

Current and past presidents of the OSSD have published an article in the 'Biology of Sex Differences' in response to the NIH mandate issued in May 2014.

NIH initiative to balance sex of animals in preclinical studies:  generative questions to guide policy, implementation, and metrics.
McCullough LD, de Vries GJ, Miller VM, Becker JB, Sandberg, and McCarthy MM.  Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:15 (3 October 2014)

The NIH mandate indicates that there has been an over-reliance on male cells and animals in biomedical research and the goal of the mandate is to increase the representation of female cells and animals in all studies funded by the NIH. 

In this article, McCullough et al. outline some of the major questions and concerns raised by the NIH mandate and discuss some of the best approaches and practices for implementation of the mandate.
Recently Published in the 'BSD'

Pressor responsiveness to angiotensin II in female mice is enhanced with age:  role of angiotensin type 2 receptor.
Mirabito KM, Hilliard LM, Head GA, Widdop RE, Denton KM.  Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:13 (16 September 2014)


Effects of age and sex on cerebrovascular function in the rat middle cerebral artery.
Deer RR and Stallone JNBiology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:12 (11 September 2014)


Sexually dimorphic characteristics of the small intestine and colon of prepubescent C57BL/6 mice.
Steegenga WT, Mischke M, Lute C, Boekschoten MV, Pruis MGM, Lendvai A, Verkade HJ, Boekhorst J et al. Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:11 (29 August 2014)

rLOAD: does sex mediate the effect of acute antiplatelet loading on stroke outcome.
Meyer DM, Eastwood JA, Compton MP, Gylys K, Zivin JA Biology of Sex Differences 2014, 5:9 (15 July 2014)

Announcements and Job Opportunities

The NIH's Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) is sponsoring a workshop entitled, "Methods and Techniques for Integrating the Biological Variable Sex in Preclinical Research" on Monday October 20th, 2014.  For more information visit the website: or follow the conversation on Twitter, #SexinScience.

The NIH has published a Request for Information (RFI), NOT-OD-14-128: "Consideration of Sex As a Biological Variable in Biomedical Research."  The NIH encourages you to share your comments with the NIH about this RFI.  All responses to the RFI will be considered as the NIH develops policies to ensure that sex is considered in all NIH-funded research.

Join or Renew your Membership to the OSSD.  It's that time of year again - renew your annual membership to 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 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 upcoming annual meeting.

Annual award for OSSD member publication in 'Biology of Sex Differences'.  Biology of Sex Differences 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,  

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