• February 5, 2016
    The University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center announce a request for applications for pilots for the 2016-2017 academic year. Up to six (6) one-year multidisciplinary pilots will be funded for up to $50,000 each . The Principal Investigator (PI) for each of these pilots must be a member of the University of Pennsylvania fulltime faculty from any of its 12 schools.  For further details please read the RFA.
    Date posted: 11/16/2015 | View listing
  • June 1, 2016

    Because it is clear that sex differences in health depend on social, behavioral and environmental context as well as biology, and because societies, behaviors, and environment are changing rapidly around the world, we invite the submission of papers that further our understanding of how and why women and men differ in health outcomes.   

    The desire to focus a journal issue on the Health of Women and Men is timely for a number of reasons.  Recent trends in the health status of American women indicate recent trends are worse than those of peers in other countries, and worse than those for men in the United States. For example, since 1980, U.S. women have lost 1-6 years of life expectancy relative to women in comparably wealthy nations, and 2-3 years of life expectancy relative to American males.  In addition, we have rapidly increasing data resources to study health differentials between women and men and their causes, including change over time and with age.  Comparative analyses of sex differences in international settings as well as studies from individual countries using relatively newly available rich data may lead to better understanding of the biological versus social or environmental factors causing men and women to differ in health. Changes in female/male differentials with age, time or cohort could also lead to increased insight.  

    Our expectation is that papers will be based on empirical analysis.  Papers should also help clarify our understanding of differences between women and men which generally requires a comparative analysis. Papers from multiple disciplines and methodological approaches are welcome.   

    Submit papers for the Special Issue on the Health of Men and Women by June 1, 2016.

    Eileen Crimmins Editor, Biodemography and Social Biology

    Date posted: 11/16/2015 | View listing
  • February 2, 2016
    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition. The competition will fund 4-8 scholars in the range of $15,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research on life course influences on later life health and wellbeing. Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a conference to be held June 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI. Proposals that request support to analyze PSID's 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study, which is described here, are especially encouraged. Applications are due February 2, 2016. For details see the full announcement here. Questions may be directed to Bob Schoeni
    Date posted: 12/3/2015 | View listing
  • April 14, 2016
    Date posted: 1/26/2016 | View listing
  • Penn Center for Research on Sex and Gender in Health and the Penn Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program
    May 23, 2016 - May 26, 2016
    Inn at Penn

    OSSD 2016 Annual Meeting, May 23 - 26, 2016: The 10th annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences: "The Causes and Consequences of Sex Differences"

    The 2016 OSSD meeting will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA. Join us in Philadelphia for an exciting and diverse scientific program that will provide an opportunity for you to stay informed about the most recent advances in research and policy regarding sex differences in physiology and disease. The 2016 Program Committee is chaired by Kathryn Sandberg. The local hosts of the meeting are Tracy Bale and Neill Epperson.

    Opening Plenary Lecture and Reception: May 23rd, 5:00 - 7:30 pm (14th floor Penn Biomedical Research Building) Eric J. Nestler, M.D. Ph.D. 'Sex differences in the molecular basis of depression.'

    Keynote Speakers: Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D. 'Protective effects of estrogen in multiple sclerosis' & James L. Kirkland, M.D. Ph.D. 'Sex and aging'

    Presidential Symposium: 'Getting Basic Scientists to Think About Sex' with Janine Clayton, M.D. and Cara Tannenbaum, M.D.

    OSSD 2016 Workshop: (May 24th, 9:10 am - 12:00 pm) "Variability in Response to Drugs and Devices: Influence of sex" with Naomi Lowy, M.D. and Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., MEHP

    Invited Sessions Include:

    • Sex Differences in Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disease
    • Sex Differences in Sensorimotor Control
    • Sex Differences in the Gut Microbiome
    • Sex Differences in Bones and Joints from Puberty to Adulthood
    • Sex Differences in Multiple Sclerosis
    • Sex Differences in Stress Responses
    • Sex, Inflammation and Stroke
    • Sex Differences in Memory Decline
    • Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease
    • Sex Differences in Addiction
    • Sex Chromosomes and Sex-Linked Genes in Cancer
    • Thinking about Gender in Preclinical Models: Examples of models and best practices (lunch time discussion)

    The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is a scientific membership organization that seeks to enhance knowledge of sex/gender differences by facilitating interdisciplinary communication and collaboration among scientists and clinicians of diverse backgrounds.   Most diseases differ in males and females. Often, one sex is partially protected from a disease because of biological or environmental factors. It is important to understand these sex differences, to discover and enhance sex-biasing factors that protect from disease, and to develop optimal therapies for women and men.

    Date posted: 3/22/2016 | View listing