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  • The members of the OSSD participated in annual elections recently and have elected the following individuals for the upcoming terms of office.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the nomination and election process and congratulations to our new officers!


Liisa Galea, PhD

Professor, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia


Ashley Monks, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga


Debra Bangasser, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Temple University


Arbi Nazarian, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Western University of Health Sciences


Karen Reue, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair, Human Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Trainee Councilor-Elect

Brittany Osborne

Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania

  • The OSSD is pleased to announce that the election is now open for the following positions.  Deadline to vote is December 15.  Click here for ballot (login required).  Elected officials will take office on the last day of the annual meeting, May 7th, 2020.

    Council Member – Council Members provide advice to the Executive Committee, participate in and chair committees and attend at least one in-person meeting each year. We will be electing 3 new regular council members and a Student/Trainee council member this year.

    Secretary – The Secretary is responsible for record-keeping, including minutes of meetings and for communications within the Society.

    President-Elect – The President-Elect will serve as incoming President at the end of the President’s term.

    Although nominated council members and executives do not need to be current members of OSSD and we encourage those not previously involved with the organization to nominate themselves or others, nominees must be members in good standing to be eligible for election.

    Additional information regarding each position can be found in our by-laws at

    Send nominations to Ashley Monks, Chair of the Nominations Committee.

    All nominations should include the following:

    1)      Name, degree, rank and institution of the nominee.

    2)      A personal statement.

    Both self and 3rd party nominations are welcome.

    RFA-OD-19-029:  The Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease

    The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite R01 applications on the influence and intersection of sex and gender in health and disease including:  (1) research applications that examine sex and gender factors and their intersection in understanding health and disease; and (2) research that addresses one of the five objectives from Strategic Goal 1 of the new 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research "Advancing Science for the Health of Women." The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH ICs using funds that have been made available through the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the scientific partnering Institutes and Centers across NIH.

    Open Date (Earliest Submission Date):  October 25, 2019
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s):  30 days prior to the application due date
    Application Due Date(s):  November 25, 2019; November 25, 2020, November 26, 2021
    View the full announcement at
  • You're invited to the Libin International Trainee Symposium: Research is Better with Sex and Gender! on February 4-5, 2020. Join the growing community of trainees interested in learning how to integrate sex and gender into research from basic to population science! We are very excited to welcome Drs. Roxana Mehran, Sharon Mulvagh, Colleen Norris and Jenna Haverfield as our keynote speakers. For more information and to submit an application,please visit

  • Help generate ideas that will unify and advance the biological sciences. The NSF directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and KnowInnovation (KI) would like to let you know of the opportunity to participate in a series of NSF-funded virtual and in-person events focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges for reintegrating research across the biology subdisciplines. More details can be found at

    Biology has the goal of understanding the processes that generate and sustain life. Despite this unifying principle, the actual practice of modern biology has become increasingly fragmented into subdisciplines due, in part, to specialized approaches required for deep study of narrowly defined problems. BIO aims to encourage a unification of biology. Our goal is to stimulate creative integration of diverse biological disciplines using innovative experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to discover underlying principles operating across all hierarchical levels of life, from biomolecules to organisms, species, ecosystems, and biomes.

    Earlier this year, BIO asked members of the biological sciences community for high-level ideas on the research questions and topics that would benefit from NSF investment in a truly integrated research environment. The responses from across the country offered a broad range of fundamental biological questions spanning the scales of biological organization. BIO now wants to grow and enrich the conversation with a view to priming the formation of new NSF-supported research teams around these questions.

    To that end, you are invited to sign up for one of the Virtual Town Hall discussions which will take place September 17, 2019 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT and September 18, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT. These events will help identify themes for more focused, in-person discussions that will take place later in the fall – fertile soil for germination of new, foundational cross-disciplinary ideas that will unify and advance the biological sciences. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early.

    Please visit to sign up and find out more information.