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OSSD 2022 Election Results

Newly elected officers will take office after the 2022 Annual Meeting


Sofia Ahmed, MD, MMSc
Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary and Nephrologist, Alberta Health Services – Calgary Zone

Research Area: I am a nephrologist and clinician-scientist with a focus on sex and gender differences in human cardiorenal physiology and outcomes.


Natalie Tronson, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan

Research Area: I study molecular mechanisms of learning and memory, modulation of memory by illness and neuroimmune activation; and I am broadly interested in both sex differences in these processes, as well as what sex differences in both memory and immune modulation of memory means for vulnerability to psychiatric disorders (e.g., PTSD) and neurological disorders (e.g., Alzheimer's Disease).


Licy Yañez Cardozo, MD
Associate Professor of the Departments of Cell and Molecular Biology and Medicine, Endocrinology Division. Research Director for the Internal Medicine Program and the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Research Area: My research focuses on the role of androgens in mediating the cardiometabolic complications in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Jeeyeon Cha, MD, PhD
Instructor of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Research Area: My research interests are to study sexually dimorphic responses in the pancreatic islet, insulin-producing beta cell to influence diabetes risk. Currently, I am studying the sex-dependent responses to a naturally occurring variant of the beta cell-enriched MAFA protein (called S64F MAFA) which produces diabetes/hyperglycemia in men and hypoglycemia (due to insulin producing tumors) in women, in both mouse and human contexts.

Rebecca L. Cunningham, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Associate Dean of Research in the School of Pharmacy, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Research Area: The impact of gonadal hormones on oxidative stress signaling and neuronal vulnerability.

Nora I. Engel, PhD
Associate Professor, Cancer and Cellular Biology, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Research Area: I study sex differences during embryonic development, with the goal of understanding how early sex biases influence sex disparities in health and disease at later stages.

Richard Gomer, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Texas A&M University

Research Area: We work on lung diseases, and with respect to OSSD, we are seeing a strange and fascinating difference between men and women in aspects of the innate immune system.

Kathleen (Katie) Morrison, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, West Virginia University

Research Area: Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Area: My lab investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the lasting consequences of traumatic experiences on the brain, and how sex, developmental stage, and type of experience shape an individual’s trajectory.

Young Investigator Councilor

Charly Abi Ghanem, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Albany Medical College

Research Area:  I study sex differences in the effects of several risk factors on different models of dementia specifically the sex specific risk factors such as andropause in men and menopause in women.



Join the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) for the SWHR 2022 Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, April 28, 2022. The event will honor leaders who have devoted their careers to improving women’s health and the advancement of women in science and medicine. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Learn more about the gala and purchase a ticket today!



 October 2021 changes to Bylaws

Although the OSSD was founded on principles of equity and inclusion, the elected leadership of OSSD has not represented the full diversity of membership or of the scientific community. The Nominations Committee sees diversity of leadership and membership of the OSSD as a foundational requirement for strength and relevance of the OSSD. Young investigators of every background should be able to look at the leadership and see possibilities for themselves.  Accordingly, the Nominations Committee proposed amendments to the OSSD Bylaws that were approved by OSSD Council in October 2021, intended to enhance diversity of elected leaders. The amendments are copied below.

New Article VI Section 3F, places a limit on the number of Council members elected from any one scientific field: Because more than 50% of the current Council represents the field of neuroscience, the 2021-2022 election cycle will elect no more than 2 new Council members who are neuroscientists. Four positions are open on Council.

New Article VI, Section 3G: This Bylaw gives the OSSD President the authority (with agreement of either the President-Elect or Past-President) to appoint up to 2 members of Council, from among candidates for Council in a recent election, for the purpose of increasing diversity among Council members. The President will ask the current Council to support any such appointments with 2/3 majority vote.


New Article VI Governance, Section 3F:

“3F. If more than 50% of current members of Council represent a single scientific field, then candidates for the position of Councilor from the majority field shall not be elected to fill more than 50% of the open Councilor positions in any one election.”

New Article VI Governance, Section 3G:

 “3G. Following an election of members of Council, the President has the option to appoint, with approval of either the Past-President or President-Elect, up to two (2)  members of Council, for the purpose of increasing diversity among members of Council. Individuals appointed in this manner shall have been candidates for Councilor in the preceding election. The new elected and appointed members of Council shall be announced to the OSSD membership at the same time without discriminating between elected and appointed Councilors. Appointed Councilors shall have the same rights, responsibilities, privileges, and office terms as elected Councilors. The appointment of members of Council shall not exceed the limit on number of members of Council indicated in Article VI Section 1C. Transparency of this change in Bylaws will entail informing OSSD members directly before the election’s call for nominations.”



September 17-18, 2021

A virtual conference for women and for the health practitioners who care for them.



Autoimmune disease: The importance of sex
featured in Nature July 15, 2021

Read the article here.








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Accounting for Sex and Gender Makes Science Better

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Call for NIH Reviewers

The NIH has a call for scientific societies to nominate members as NIH grant reviewers. Thus, OSSD is offering this possibility to its members.

NIH requirements are that applicants be scientists who are seen as experts, with integrity, in their field.  They should have an active research program, substantial extramural funding as demonstrated by an RO1 or other analogous funding (including the equivalent in other countries), and not currently be a standing member of an NIH study section or NIH advisory council. NIH strongly encourages societies to recommend productive scientists from diverse backgrounds and all career stages - e.g. assistant, associate, and full professors. Early career scientists WITHOUT substantial NIH funding should consider applying directly to the NIH Early Career Reviewer Program to gain NIH review experience.  

The process of OSSD nomination will begin with self application to insure willingness to review and establish that the nominee fits the above NIH criteria. It is OSSD’s goal to nominate as many OSSD members as possible that fit the NIH criteria since this will inform study sections of the importance of doing sex differences research as well as advance sophisticated critiques of proposals that include a component of sex differences research. 

Required information for self nomination includes the following.

  • Name
  • Degree (Ph.D., M.D., DVM, DDS)
  • NIH Commons ID
  • ORCiD
  • Email address
  • Key terms that reflect the your broad expertise (e.g. behavioral neuroendocrinology; cardiovascular disease; etc.)
  • Key terms the reflect the your research focus (e.g. estrogen receptor alpha and aggression; cardiac contractility; etc.)
  • Key terms that reflect the your methodological expertise (e.g. immunohistochemistry; population-level statistical methods; etc.)
  • NIH Biosketch
  • Optional: 1 to 3 relevant study sections
  • Optional: Additional information regarding the person’s suitability as a reviewer


To apply, click here to complete the online form.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Statement 

Dear OSSD family,

We at OSSD are deeply concerned by the murders of George Floyd and so many others who are victims because of their skin color. This event highlights the long history of systemic racism against Black people. We recognize the struggle of Black people who continue to face unjust hardships in our society, and we stand with our Black community.

In addition to these events, the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on diverse communities reveals ongoing racial inequities in the US. We must do more as individuals and as a scientific society to combat institutional racism, support scientists from marginalized communities, and build a safe and inclusive environment. 

OSSD was founded to enhance knowledge of sex/gender differences in order to improve health outcomes for all. To advance this goal, OSSD reaffirms our commitment to bring together basic scientists and clinicians from diverse backgrounds. True inclusivity will improve the generation of new ideas and approaches to scientific problems. We are also taking further actions to provide a scientific environment that welcomes and supports researchers and clinicians regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or mental health status. Here are the first concrete steps we plan to take:

  1. We have formed an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee to ensure representation of and provide better support for our colleagues from minoritized groups. 

  2. All symposium submissions will be required to include diversity information pertaining to the composition of their speaker lineup.

  3. To encourage action by trainees, travel awardee applicants will have to include a Diversity and Inclusion Statement, where they describe the ways in which they have made efforts or plan to make future efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in science and medicine.

  4. We invite all of our members and colleagues to familiarize themselves with the following anti-racism resources so they can serve as better stewards of diversity, equity and equality.

In closing, we want to acknowledge that these times are particularly challenging for our Black colleagues and trainees. Please know that the OSSD stands with you and is committed to providing an environment that supports you and your science.  







RFA-OD-19-029:  The Intersection of Sex and Gender Influences on Health and Disease

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite R01 applications on the influence and intersection of sex and gender in health and disease including:  (1) research applications that examine sex and gender factors and their intersection in understanding health and disease; and (2) research that addresses one of the five objectives from Strategic Goal 1 of the new 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women's Health Research "Advancing Science for the Health of Women." The awards under this FOA will be administered by NIH ICs using funds that have been made available through the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the scientific partnering Institutes and Centers across NIH.
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date):  October 25, 2019
Letter of Intent Due Date(s):  30 days prior to the application due date
Application Due Date(s):  November 25, 2019; November 25, 2020, November 26, 2021

View the full announcement at

You're invited to the Libin International Trainee Symposium: Research is Better with Sex and Gender! on February 4-5, 2020. Join the growing community of trainees interested in learning how to integrate sex and gender into research from basic to population science! We are very excited to welcome Drs. Roxana Mehran, Sharon Mulvagh, Colleen Norris and Jenna Haverfield as our keynote speakers.

For more information and to submit an application,please visit

Help generate ideas that will unify and advance the biological sciences. The NSF directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO), the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and KnowInnovation (KI) would like to let you know of the opportunity to participate in a series of NSF-funded virtual and in-person events focused on identifying the opportunities and challenges for reintegrating research across the biology subdisciplines. More details can be found at has the goal of understanding the processes that generate and sustain life. Despite this unifying principle, the actual practice of modern biology has become increasingly fragmented into subdisciplines due, in part, to specialized approaches required for deep study of narrowly defined problems. BIO aims to encourage a unification of biology. Our goal is to stimulate creative integration of diverse biological disciplines using innovative experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches to discover underlying principles operating across all hierarchical levels of life, from biomolecules to organisms, species, ecosystems, and biomes.Earlier this year, BIO asked members of the biological sciences community for high-level ideas on the research questions and topics that would benefit from NSF investment in a truly integrated research environment. The responses from across the country offered a broad range of fundamental biological questions spanning the scales of biological organization. BIO now wants to grow and enrich the conversation with a view to priming the formation of new NSF-supported research teams around these questions.To that end, you are invited to sign up for one of the Virtual Town Hall discussions which will take place September 17, 2019 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM EDT and September 18, 2019 from 1:00-2:30 PM EDT. These events will help identify themes for more focused, in-person discussions that will take place later in the fall – fertile soil for germination of new, foundational cross-disciplinary ideas that will unify and advance the biological sciences. Space is limited, so we encourage you to register early.

Please visit to sign up and find out more information.