OSSD 17th Annual Meeting
May 7-11, 2023
Calgary, Alberta, Canada 


Calgary is a vibrant metropolitan bustling with arts, architecture, universities, scientific community, beautiful landscapes and western culture.  Most importantly, it is the location for the OSSD 2023 annual meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Important Dates

Call for Symposium Proposals
Call for Individual Talks

      September 12, 2022
Symposium Submission Deadline

               November 4, 2022
Poster Abstract Submission Opens

      November 4, 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline

      February 1, 2023
Early Bird Registration Ends

      March 15, 2023
Late Breaking Abstracts Due

      March 15, 2023
Hotel Reservation Deadline

      April 1, 2023
URM Award Deadline

      April 21, 2023
Annual Meeting Dates       May 7-11, 2023


The 2023 OSSD Meeting Program Committee invites proposals for Scientific Symposia and Individual Talks.

Deadline: November 4, 2022

We welcome proposals in all areas of sex and gender differences research, including fundamental biology (such as evolution, genetics, molecular/cellular biology, microbiome, and physiology) to translational science and clinical research. Symposia should highlight an area of current research on sex and gender differences, although the committee will consider proposals on topics that are relevant towards one sex (i.e., hormonal contraceptives, prostate cancer). Strong proposals will include basic and clinical science (i.e., from bench to bedside). 

Click her for FULL details and symposium proposal submission form.
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Keynote Speakers

Presidential Keynote Speaker - Staci Bilbo, PhD

Dr. Staci Bilbo is a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Neurobiology, and Cell Biology at Duke University whose research is broadly focused on the mechanisms by which the immune and endocrine systems interact with the brain to impact health and behavior, particularly during critical developmental windows. Her research program is primarily aimed at exploring the mechanisms by which innate central nervous system immune cells - microglia - and signaling molecules such as cytokines and chemokines, influence both normal and abnormal brain development, and the implications for (mal)adaptive behavioral outcomes later in life, including a focus on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, but extending to later life neurodegeneration as well. Dr. Bilbo received her B.A. in Psychology and Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and her PhD in Neuroendocrinology at Johns Hopkins University. She was on the faculty at Duke University from 2007-2015 before she joined the faculty at Harvard where she served as the Lurie Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and as the Director of Research for the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. She returned to Duke in 2019 as the Haley Family Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and maintains an appointment at MGH to continue her research collaborations in Boston and beyond.

Capstone Lecture - Susan Cheng, MD, MMSc, MPH
Sex Differences in Cardiac and Vascular Measures and Metrics:
From Genes to Outcomes

Susan Cheng, MD, MMSc, MPH is the Erika J. Glazer Chair in Women’s Cardiovascular Health and Population Science, director of the Institute for Research on Healthy Aging, and director of Public Health Research in the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Cheng is a cardiologist, echocardiographer, and clinician-scientist who leads research programs aimed at uncovering the drivers of cardiovascular aging in women and men. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard College, medical degree from McMaster University, master's of medical science from MIT, and master’s of public health from Harvard. Dr. Cheng completed internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and cardiology training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the founding principal investigator of the CORALE and EMBARC studies. She is co-chair of the Ancillary Studies Steering Committee and co-director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the Framingham Heart Study. Dr. Cheng has served on the editorial boards of major cardiovascular and imaging journals as well as on leadership committees for the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. She has authored over 300 research manuscripts and her work has been supported by continuous funding from the NIH. 



Hyatt Regency Calgary

The OSSD has contracted a block of rooms at discounted rates for the OSSD 2023 Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, 700 Centre Street SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2G 5P6. Please use the following link to book your room at a nightly rate of $269.00 CAD (Single & Double), $304 CAD (Triple) and $339 CAD (Quad).  Make your reservations early as the rooms available at the group rate fill up fast!  This reservation link and discounted room rate will be active through Saturday, April 1, 2023.  Cancellation Policy: 24 hours Prior Or 1 night Fee. Credit Card Required.


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