OSSD Newsletter Summer 2016
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In this issue:

OSSD Meetings
OSSD 2017 Announcement
OSSD 2017 Call for Proposals

Awardees from OSSD 2016 Meeting

Related Conference Announcements
Conference Announcement from SWHR
9th International Meeting: Steroids and Nervous System
Keystone Meeting on Sex, Gender, and Metabolism

Open Positions
Postdoctoral Positions Available
Publication Information
Update from OSSD's Journal: Biology of Sex Differences
Call for Papers: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology

 OSSD Leadership
Executive Board

Stay current with the latest OSSD news at the OSSD WEBSITE

Join OSSD in Montreal in May 2017

OSSD 2017: Sex Differences across the Lifespan

Call for Proposals Open Now until October 1st. 

Our 2017 meeting in Montreal is coming together nicely under the leadership of our Program Committee Chairs, Drs. Anne Murphy and Tracy Bale, and our Local Hosts, Drs. Julie Côté and Jeff Mogil. OSSD 2017 will take place May 15-18th, 2017

The theme of this years’ annual meeting is “Sex Differences across the Lifespan”. While we welcome symposium proposals from all areas, we are particularly interested in those that highlight the intersection between age and sex.

To submit a symposium proposal, please download and complete the proposal form and send it to by October 1, 2016.

OSSD 2016 Meeting Highlights

Florence P. Haseltine Awards

Dionne Robinson, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at NIAID, was recognized for her career accomplishments and her OSSD abstract entitled, "Biological sex is a major determinant of Toxoplama gondii pathogenesis."   Dr. Robinson currently works in the research group of Michael E. Grigg, Ph.D., Chief, Molecular Parasitology Section Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at NIAID.  

Rachael Werner is a MD/PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program at Temple University.  Ms. Werner was recognized for her contribution entitled, "Differences in gene expression and regulation across the male and female genome."  Ms. Werner currently works in the research group of Nora Engel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Genetics and Molecular Biochemistry and Associate Professor, Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at Temple University.

NIH-Sponsored Travel Awards

Nicole Gervais, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Amrita Pai, Georgetown University

Amy Kohtz, Ph.D., Rutgers University

Amanda Krentzel, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Jamie Mayo, Idaho State University

Yasir Alsiraj, M.S., University of Kentucky

Yael Deri, Ph.D., Tel-Aviv University

Tanja Spanic, Ph.D., University of Maribor

Thank you to those that participated in the OSSD post-meeting surveys!

As promised, one randomly selected respondent received a copy of the recently released book, "Sex Differences in Physiology" which includes contributions from multiple OSSD members. The winner of the survey response raffle was Dr. Marc Tetel of Wellesley College.
Overall, survey results indicated a high degree of satisfaction with the meeting with particularly high marks going to trainee events and logistics.  The program committee is working on the areas of noted improvement to provide an even better meeting experience at OSSD 2017.  
Time to Register for the National Conference on Women's Health Research
Sponsored in part by SWHR

More updates from SWHR can be found in their monthly newsletter

9th International Meeting 
Steroids and Nervous System
TORINO - February 11th-15th, 2017
Registration and program information are now available here.  

Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Metabolic Homeostasis Diabetes and Obesity

Scientific Organizers: Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, Deborah Clegg and Arthur P. Arnold

March 19—22, 2017

Granlibakken Tahoe, Tahoe City, California, USA

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Scholarship Deadline: Nov 15, 2016
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 15, 2016
Abstract Deadline: Dec 19, 2016
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 18, 2017

For more information, go to main conference website

MEETING SUMMARY:  There are fundamental aspects of metabolic homeostasis that are regulated differently in males and females, and influence both the development of diabetes and obesity and the response to pharmacological intervention. Still, most preclinical researchers avoid studying female rodents due to the added complexity of research plans. The consequence is the generation of data that risks being relevant to only half of the population. This is a timely moment to study sex differences in diseases as NIH leadership has asked scientists to consider sex as a biological variable in preclinical research, to ensure that women get the same benefit of medical research as men. The goal of this meeting is to fill a need in the scientific community by connecting interdisciplinary groups of scientists who normally would not have an opportunity to interact. This group includes investigators studying sex differences, the role of sex hormones, the systems biology of sex and the genetic contribution of sex chromosomes to metabolic homeostasis and diseases. Leaders of the pharmaceutical industry will present their views on sex-specific drug discovery. The meeting is expected to generate new knowledge and ideas on the importance of gender biology and medicine from a molecular standpoint to the population level, and to provide the methods to study them. It is intended to be a catalyst of a process that will lead to gender-specific treatments of metabolic diseases. 

Postdoctoral Scientist Position at Virginia Commonwealth University in the lab of Dr. Gretchen Neigh to study the manifestation of sex differences in physiology and behavior following adolescent  exposure to stress.  For more information, download the flyer, visit!joinus/c22h3, or contact Dr. Neigh.

Postdoctoral position in neurophysiology at Weill Cornell Medicine (NYC).
A postdoctoral position in the Pleil lab in the Department of Pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medicine is available immediately to study mechanisms of neuropsychiatric diseases including comorbid alcohol/drug addiction and mood disorders using a combination of contemporary behavioral, genetic, and ex vivo electrophysiological tools. The lab is particularly focused on peptide signaling during stress and excessive alcohol/drug use, as well as hormonal mechanisms of sex differences in the neuropsychiatric diseases stemming from these behaviors. For more information, download the flyer or contact Dr. Kristen Pleil (

Postdoctoral Position at the University of Vermont.  Postdoctoral position to model gene-by-sex-by-environment interactions underlying susceptibility to multiple sclerosis using experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.  Studies will involve genome-wide transcriptional profiling of immune and central nervous system cell-types relevant to disease pathogenesis following exposure to the two environmental risk factors confirmed across multiple studies and meta-analyses, i.e. EBV infection and cigarette smoking. Download Review. Experience with RNA-seq analyses a plus! Contact Dr. Cory Teuscher.
Our journal, Biology of Sex Differences, received an impact factor of 3.24 this year.

Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Art Arnold, was previously interviewed in the blog On Biology that offers insight and opinions from Biomed Central. Click here to read his interview. 

Recently Published in Biology of Sex Differences

Influence of menstrual cycle phase on resting-state functional connectivity in naturally cycling, cigarette-dependent women
Reagan R. Wetherill, Kanchana Jagannathan, Nathan Hager, Melanie Maron and Teresa R. Franklin
Biology of Sex Differences 2016 7:24
Published on: 10 May 2016
Using the 3D Facial Norms Database to investigate craniofacial sexual dimorphism in healthy children, adolescents, and adults
Matthew J. Kesterke, Zachary D. Raffensperger, Carrie L. Heike, Michael L. Cunningham, Jacqueline T. Hecht, Chung How Kau, Nichole L. Nidey, Lina M. Moreno, George L. Wehby, Mary L. Marazita and Seth M. Weinberg
Biology of Sex Differences 2016 7:23
Published on: 22 April 2016
Sex impacts Th1 cells, Tregs, and DCs in both intestinal and systemic immunity in a mouse strain and location-dependent manner
Marlies Elderman, Adriaan van Beek, Eelke Brandsma, Bart de Haan, Huub Savelkoul, Paul de Vos and Marijke Faas
Biology of Sex Differences 2016 7:21

Call for Papers:

Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology

Special Issue for April 2017 on: Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Substance Use Disorders: Progress and Gaps
The goal of this special issue is to demonstrate the current status of the field by including studies demonstrating how animal models are being refined to better model human psychiatric disorders, as well as the continuing gaps and challenges. We encourage articles representing the broad area of animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and disorders of impulsive and compulsive behaviors. These can cover a range of categories including: pharmacological models, nutritional models, environmental models, and genetic models. An important variable that is also not routinely or adequately addressed is age. Many disorders occur across the lifespan, but others have their onset during adolescence. We are particularly interested in articles that investigate these neuropsychiatric disorders in the context of alcohol and drug use including resistance to drug use, initiation of drug use, escalation of drug use, chronic drug use, as well as models of relapse. Further, we strongly encourage articles that address sex differences. We would be particularly receptive to a collaborative position paper co-authored by a preclinical and clinical researcher to address some of the strengths, weaknesses and possible future directions to improve preclinical animal models of neuropsychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.
Laboratories engaged in research in this area may submit review articles or primary research reports to Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology to be considered for inclusion in this special issue. Manuscripts should be submitted as usual through the APA Online Submission Portal (, and the cover letter should indicate that the authors wish the manuscript to be considered for publication in the special issue on Animal Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Substance Use Disorders.  All submissions will undergo our normal peer review. Manuscripts received no later than October 17, 2016 will be considered for inclusion in the special issue. We strongly encourage individuals to contact us in advance with their ideas and a draft the title and abstract.
Questions or inquiries about the special issue can be directed to the Guest Editor of the issue, Mark Smith, PhD, at or the Editor, Suzette Evans, PhD at

OSSD Leadership

The OSSD leadership is listed below.  More information about each individual's background and research program is available by clicking on their name.  

Executive Board

Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Sabra L. Klein, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Immediate Past President
Louise D. McCullough, MD
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston

Arbi Nazarian, PhD

Western University of Health Sciences

Gretchen Neigh, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University


Arthur P. Arnold, PhD (BSD Editor-in-Chief)

Anne Z. Murphy, PhD (OSSD 2017 Program Co-Chair)

Tracy L. Bale, PhD (OSSD 2017 Program Co-Chair)

Jaclyn Schwartz, PhD (Councilor Ex-Officio)

Melissa M. Holmes, PhD

Marcia L. Stefanick, PhD

Jennifer A. Tremmel, MD

Vera Regitz-Zagrosek, MD, PhD

Rebecca Shansky, PhD

John Stallone, PhD

Christine Disteche, PhD

Liisa Galea, PhD

C. Neill Epperson, MD

Judith Lichtman, PhD

Kristen Pleil, PhD (Young Investigator Councilor)

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