2016 Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) at the Inn at Penn May 23-26, 2016

Penn Center for Research on Sex and Gender in Health and the Penn Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program
Date of event: 
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.