OSSD 2019

Washington Marriott Georgetown
Washington, DC

May 5-8, 2019


Please join us 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 local host of the meeting is Dr. Kathryn Sandberg.

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Keynote Speakers Meeting Registration Fees Awards
Important Dates Call for Symposium 2019 Program Committee


Keynote Speakers 

Inaugural Arthur Arnold Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Eric Vilain
Children's National Medical Center

"Hurdling over sex: Sport, science, and equity"

OSSD Capstone Speaker

Dr. Joan Roughgarden
Stanford University

"The gender binary in nature, across human cultures,
and in the Bible"

IGM Capstone Speaker

Dr. Alexandra Kautzky-Willer
Medical University of Vienna

"Sex and gender matter in diabesity: From pathophysiology
to prevention and personalized therapy"

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Important Dates (subject to change)

October 15, 2018

Proposal Submissions DUE
Application for NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award Opens

February 1, 2019

Travel Award and Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award Applications/Abstracts DUE 
NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award Applications DUE

February 27, 2019

Travel Award and Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award Notifications

March 5, 2019

Final Abstracts DUE (poster/presentations)

March 15, 2019

NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Awardee Notification

April 8, 2019

Early Bird Registration Rate (for Members) ENDS

May 5 - 8, 2019

2019 Meeting Dates

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Registration Rates for 2019 (to be announced)

Join the OSSD for the best rates! Renew your membership or join the OSSD to get a decreased registration rate.  

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor for OSSD 2019? Please contact the OSSD President to request information.


Call for Symposium

The 2019 OSSD/IGM Meeting Program Committee invites proposals for scientific symposia! The deadline for symposium proposal submissions is October 15, 2018.

We welcome proposals in all areas of sex and gender 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 and gender differences, rather than being focused on issues related only to one sex. Proposed symposia should attempt to include basic and clinical science (i.e., from bench-to-bedside). We  particularly encourage proposals involving speakers and topics new to the OSSD and IGM, including proposals focusing on fast-moving, timely areas, and proposals bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on a common theme. See further information.


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NEW!  NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award is a new opportunity for the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and OSSD to work together to further turn sex as a biological variable (#SABV) into policy change. This will be awarded to an applicant to support the development of junior investigators focused on women and sex/gender differences, who also has an interest in research policy. Examples include, but are not limited to: (1) studies of the effects of these policies in promoting the research, (2) identification of policy gaps that might promote such research and projection of their effects, or (3) identification of specific research disciplines and/or research topic areas where more work is needed to promote women and sex/gender differences. An ORWH award of up to $3,000 will be available to support the travel of the selected NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar whose OSSD abstract on women or sex/gender differences policy is accepted for a poster, oral session, or symposium at the 2019 annual meeting. Application opens October 15, 2018! The deadline for NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award is February 1, 2019. The award recipient will be announced on March 15, 2019. See further details, instructions, and eligibility conditions. 

The Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award is awarded to an abstract presenter whose research is of high quality and deemed worthy of an oral presentation.  These winners will present their abstract as an oral presentation in a special symposium at the annual meeting.  PLEASE NOTE: individuals that are not selected for the Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award (oral presentation) will automatically be considered for a poster presentation.  If you would like to be considered for the Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award and an oral presentation, please select this option at the time of abstract submission, on the abstract submission form. Elizabeth Young Investigators will be awarded $1,000 each.  Awardees will be notified on February 27, 2019 of their award.

A limited number of Travel Awards for OSSD 2019 will be awarded to trainee members presenting their high-quality posters at the 2019 meeting in Washington, DC. In order to be considered for a travel award, your abstract must be submitted by February 1, 2019. Please indicate that you would like to be considered for the travel award at the time of abstract submission, on the abstract form. Awardees will be notified on February 27, 2019. Exact award amounts and numbers will be dependent on funding.

The prestigious Florence B. Haseltine Best Poster Award is given to the best poster presentation by a new investigator (see additional details). Abstracts submitted after February 1, 2019 can still be considered for the Florence P. Haseltine Best Poster Award, but cannot be considered for a travel award (see above). If the presenting author would like to be considered for the Florence B. Haseltine Best Poster Award competition, please select this option at the time of abstract submission, on the abstract form. Awardees will be awarded at the 2019 OSSD/IGM Joint Meeting Awards Reception.


2019 Program Committee

Karyn Frick, PhD, (Chair), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Doug Portman, PhD, (Past Chair), University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Jacklyn Schwartz, PhD, (2020 Chair), University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Anne Murphy, PhD, (2017 Chair), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Elena Choleris, PhD, University of Guelph, ON, Canada
Michael Cook, PhD, National Cancer Institute, USA
Jayne Danska, PhD, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
Hester den Ruijter, PhD, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Gillian Einstein, PhD, University of Tortonto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Liisa Galea, PhD, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Karin Humphries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nafissa Ismail, PhD, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Marjorie Jenkins, MD, Food and Drug Administration
Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, MD, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, MD, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Brittany Osborne (Student Member), University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, MD, University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Gabrielle Rune, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Patricia Silveyra, MSc, PhD, Penn State College of Medicine, Hersey, PA
Farida Sohrabji, PhD, Texas A&M Health and Science Center, College Station, TX
Natalie Tronson, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Joe Verbalis, MD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Mia Von Euler, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden
Stacey Winham, PhD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

If you have questions regarding the OSSD 2019 scientific program, please contact Dr. Karyn Frick.

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 We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!