Message from Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D.,

President of the OSSD

Welcome to the website of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD)!

There has never been a more exciting time to study sex differences. The realization that males and females differ in profound and important ways in almost every aspect, ranging from the molecular and cellular level to behavior and the influence of gender, has now impacted the practice of medicine and the funding of basic science and clinical research. All of biomedicine is impacted by the biological variable of sex. At the OSSD our mission is to promote that message and foster high quality reach in, and knowledge of, sex and gender differences in biology and medicine.

Sex and gender are important considerations in many areas of research, including basic biological, psychological, social, and behavioral studies. Consideration of these variables is critical to the accurate interpretation and validation of research findings and to the development of personalized approaches to medicine. Sex and gender variables may also determine how health and disease processes differ between women and men, and inform the development and testing of preventive and therapeutic interventions in both sexes.

I hope you will find that the multi-disciplinary nature of OSSD's community inspiring. We promote cross-fertilization of ideas among disciplines and honing of 'best practices' in sex and gender medicine within disciplines. To nurture our community, our highest priority is to hold high-quality annual meetings. We invite you to experience this for yourself at our next annual meeting (May 15-18, 2017), in Montréal at the Hyatt Regency and hosted by Drs. Julie Côté and Jeff Mogil. The call for proposals is now out and we welcome your suggestions for symposia. The Chairs of the Program Committee are Drs. Anne Murphy of Georgia State University and Tracy Bale of the University of Pennsylvania.

OSSD's official journal, Biology of Sex Differences (BSD), celebrated its fifth anniversary in November 2015. BSD is a terrific place to publish your best work on sex differences. It currently has an official impact factor of 4.84.

The OSSD continues annually to support up-and-coming researchers via its Florence Haseltine Poster Award, Elizabeth Young New Investigator Symposium, and Travel Awards. Last year, OSSD and Biomed Central launched a new annual award for most meritorious article published in BSD by an OSSD member in terms of novelty, general interest, and significance.

If you haven't already, please join us by becoming a member or by making a donation to support our outreach and educational efforts.

I hope to see you this year in Montréal.

Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology
University of Maryland School of Medicine