OSSD 16th Annual Meeting

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 health and disease! 


Important Dates - Mark your calendar!

October 15, 2021

2022 Call for Symposium Proposals and
Individual Talks

May 1-5, 2022 Meeting Dates



Call for Symposia & Individual Talk Proposals: 

16th Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences 

May 1-5, 2022
Marina del Rey Marriott
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

The 2022 OSSD Meeting Program Committee invites proposals for
Scientific Symposia and Individual Talks.

We welcome proposals in all areas of sex and gender differences research, including fundamental biology (such as 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, including 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, and thus membership of the chair(s) is not required at the time of proposal submission. However, non-member chairs should be prepared to join the OSSD before the meeting.  Each symposium should have three to four speakers (slots 20-30 min 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 discretion, be included in the speaker line-up. Confirmation of participation from each speaker is helpful but not necessary at the time of proposal submission. When appropriate, the Program Committee may work with the chairs to combine symposia or suggest additional/alternative speakers.

IMPORTANT!  We also invite individual proposals from faculty and senior trainee members of OSSD for talks in any relevant area. Accepted talks will be grouped into symposia or incorporated into existing symposia as appropriate. Please use the link below to submit an individual proposal. 

Proposals should be prepared using the links below, by Oct. 15, 2021. Please address any questions to the OSSD 2022 Program Committee Chairs, Drs. DeLisa Fairweather and Joel Berletch ([email protected][email protected]).

Submit Symposium Proposal

Submit Individual Talk Proposal 

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OSSD 2022 Local Host:  Arbi Nazarian, Ph.D.

Dr. Nazarian is an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.   He earned his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the City University of New York, where he studies sex differences in the rewarding and analgesic effects of psychostimulants and narcotics in rodents.  His postdoctoral training at the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego, enhanced his training in pain pharmacology.  His present research examines sex differences in sensory, affective, and cognitive components of pain, responses to analgesics, and potential mechanisms.  His involvement with the OSSD dates back several years, including his service as OSSD Treasurer (2015-2018).  He is presently the Chair of the local host organizing committee for the 2020 annual meeting in Marina del Rey, CA.   He has had the pleasure to witness the amazing growth that the OSSD has experienced in recent years and believes that the Organization has the potential to make a notable impact in excelling the recognition, education, implementation, and advocacy of sex difference research and women’s health in basic and clinical sciences.  Aside from the “serious stuff,” he tries to maximize the time he spends with his family.  He loves to go to amusement parks, hiking, and fishing with his children.

Hotel Reservations

The OSSD has contracted a block of rooms at discounted rates for the OSSD 2022 Annual Meeting.  Please use the following link to book your room at a nightly rate of $249.00++ USD.  This reservation link and discounted room rate will be active through Monday, April 11, 2022.  For reservations and more information on the conference hotel, please visit 2022 Accommodations/Hotel.

Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292




Please review the OSSD Code of Conduct for all meetings, conferences and events HERE.

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