The 2018 OSSD meeting will be held in Atlanta, GA. Join us in Atlanta 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 2018 Program Committee will be chaired by Dr. Douglas Portman

The local host of the meeting is Dr. Anne Murphy.

For more information, contact Dr. Anne Murphy at

Download the OSSD 2018 meeting flyer.

Call for Symposium Proposals

The 2018 OSSD Meeting Program Committee invites proposals for Scientific Symposia. We welcome proposals in all areas of sex differences research, spanning the gamut from fundamental biology (including evolution, genetics, molecular/cellular biology, and physiology) to translational science and clinical research. Symposia should highlight an area of current research on sex differences, rather than being focused on issues related only to one sex.

We particularly encourage proposals involving speakers and topics new to OSSD, proposals focusing on fast-moving, timely areas, and proposals bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on a common theme.

Symposia should be chaired by an OSSD member or co-chaired by two members. Proposals from new and prospective members are encouraged, so membership of the chair(s) is not required at the time of proposal submission. Each symposium should have three to four speakers (slots 20-30 mins each) related by a coherent theme, with topics accessible to a range of OSSD members. Speakers will typically be faculty members (or the equivalent), though up to one speaker in each panel may be a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. The symposium chair(s) may, at their option, be included in the speaker line-up. Confirmation of participation from each speaker is helpful but not essential. When appropriate, the Program Committee may work with proposers to combine symposia or suggest additional/alternative speakers. Please note that OSSD is not able to cover costs for speaker travel or housing; however, the registration fee will be waived for non-member speakers who have not received a waiver in the past three years.

**New this year: We also invite individual proposals from faculty and senior trainees for talks in any relevant area. Accepted talks will be grouped into symposia or incorporated into existing symposia as appropriate. Please use the final page of proposal form to submit an individual proposal.

Proposals may be prepared using this form and should be submitted by email to by Oct. 20, 2017. Please address questions to Doug Portman, OSSD 2018 Program Committee Chair (