2020 OSSD 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 physiology and disease! The local host of the meeting is Arbi Nazarian, Ph.D.

Local Host:  Arbi Nazarian, PhD

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.

Capstone Speaker: Doris A. Taylor, PhD, Hon DSc, FAHA, FACC

Doris A. TaylorDr. Taylor is leading international regenerative medicine research efforts, creating cutting edge therapies for chronic disease and “building the future treatments of tomorrow." An educator with over 25 years of teaching experience, she is truly committed to moving innovative therapies from bench to bedside, while preparing students/fellows to compete at an international level in the field of cardiac and vascular repair and regeneration.

Arriving at Texas Heart Institute in 2012, Dr. Taylor established both the Department of Regenerative Medicine Research and the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, the latter in partnership with the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She also heads the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network (CCTRN) Biorepository, the cell and cytokine profiling core lab that serves multiple NIH, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) networks, medical centers, and research foundations in the U.S. and Canada. She holds faculty appointments at Texas A&M and Rice University and serves as a consultant for both academic and commercial enterprises in the regenerative medicine space. She recently founded and leads a new company, Stem Cell Security, LLC, a cell banking and data management company in Houston, Texas. She has published extensively, authoring or co-authoring more than 150 scientific publications and co-editing 2 textbooks.

Call for Symposia and Individual Talk Proposal:  Deadline September 15, 2019

Please view the instructions and form links HERE.  Proposals should be prepared using the online form and submitted online by September 15, 2019.  Address any questions to the OSSD 2020 Program Committee Chair, Jaclyn Schwarz

Dr. Jaclyn Schwarz received her PhD from the University of Maryland Medical School, where she examined the mechanisms by which testosterone masculinizes neural circuits in the neonatal brain. She continued her training as a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University, where she studied how early-life experiences, including parental care, can program the function of the immune system, and thereby affect later-life brain and behaviors. In her own lab at the University of Delaware, she is currently funded by the NIH to study the mechanisms by which early-life immune activation can disrupt the development of important neural circuits that control learning, and how these mechanisms and effects may be different between males and females. She has been the recipient of the Frank Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, as well as a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

 


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