Message from Sabra L. Klein, Ph.D., OSSD President

Sabra Klein, PhD, is the current President of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD), Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Women’s Health, Sex, and Gender Research.

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

This year, we are celebrating our 14th year of bringing together basic scientists, clinicians, and epidemiologists to share research and ideas pertaining to sex as a biological variable. On January 25, 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced policy changes, including the requirement of considering ‘sex as a biological variable’ in preclinical research. Much of the research that was used to establish this policy change was from members of the OSSD.

At the OSSD, we believe that sex is a biological variable that impacts every cell, pathway, tissue and disease process in the body. We study these differences at molecular, cellular, individual, and population levels of analysis. We firmly believe that in humans, sex interacts with gender to impact the pathogenesis of diverse diseases. The OSSD is a multi-disciplinary scientific research society that brings together researchers from diverse fields, including but not limited to, cardiovascular biology, pulmonology, rheumatology, gerontology, immunology, cancer biology, neuroscience, psychology, toxicology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Importantly, many of the members of the OSSD are doing research at the intersection of diverse fields.

Now is the time to join the OSSD community of scientists. Our next annual meeting will be held in Marina Del Rey, California from May 4-7, 2020. The local host for OSSD 2020 is Dr. Arbi Nazarian at Western University and the Chair of the Program Committee is Dr. Jaclyn Schwarz at the University of Delaware.

The official journal of the OSSD is the Biology of Sex Differences, which was founded by Dr. Arthur Arnold and is now led by Dr. Jane Reckelhoff, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and Director of the Women’s Health Research Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Become a member of OSSD, attend our annual meeting, and share your research. We are very supportive of early career investigators and offer numerous awards, including the Florence Haseltine Best Poster Award, speaking opportunities in the Elizabeth Young New Investigator Symposium, travel awards, and an annual award for the best paper published in the Biology of Sex Differences that is co-sponsored with BioMed Central.

I look forward to meeting and learning from you. See you at OSSD 2020!

Sabra L. Klein, Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
[email protected]