Women & Sex Differences in Medicine (WSDM)
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Marcia Stefanick, PhD

Co-Director, WSDM

Lynn Westphal, MD

Co-Director, WSDM

Sonoo Thadaney

Managing Director, WSDM

Terri Oppelt ("TO") Preising

Program Associate, WSDM

Marcia Stefanick, Susan Love, and Lynn Westphal

Women's Health Forum 2013

Welcome to the Stanford WSDM Center (“wisdom”), the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine

WSDM aims to expand our knowledge of women’s health and sex differences in biology and medicine, from conception through the lifespan, in every medical discipline, from basic science to clinical research and population health science.


Upcoming WSDM Events

September 18, 2014  Philip Pizzo, MD, Redesigning and Rethinking the Future WSDM will partner with the Stanford Center on Longevity to honor former Dean of the School of Medicine, Philip Pizzo, on September 18, 2014. The event will be held from 4:15pm- 7:00pm in SIEPR Koret-Taube Conference Room, 366 Galvez Street, Stanford. Check out the flyer here. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

The Second WSDM Seed Grant Workshop will be held on October 17, 2014 from 1:15-5:15 in Alway M114 with a reception to follow. More details soon!

November 1, 2014 WSDM will co-host the Transgender Health Symposium with the Weiland Initiative,  Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. This FREE will be held at Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University from 8:45am-5:00pm. The event is designed for health providers, as well as for transgender individuals, family members and allies wanting to learn more about health and medical options. CE credits pending. Breakfast, lunch, and PM coffee/tea will be served. Please RSVP here. Check out the flyer here.

WSDM will host the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) in April 2015. Details to follow!

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Recent WSDM Events

Fifth Annual Women's Health Forum: Global Women's Health

It was an afternoon of engaging speakers, panels, and exhibits at WSDM's 5th Annual Women's Health Forum on May 21. Ruth Levine, PhD, Director of the Global Development and Population Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, delivered the keynote "Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda (Start With a Girl)".

The Forum also included panel host Jesse Draper, creator, writer and producer of the Valley Girl Show.

Check out the videos of the presentations and exhibitors on the WSDM Youtube channel and read the Program Guide here.

Fourth Annual Basic & Translational Research Symposium Sex Differences in Immunology

Our fourth Annual Basic & Translational Research Symposium was held on Monday, March 10 at the Clark Center. The symposium featured leading researchers in immunology and sex differences, including Stanford experts, and was well received. Check out the video on the WSDM Youtube channel! Check out the program here.

2013 WSDM Seed Grants Awarded

In December the WSDM Center awarded 5 seed grants of $20,000 each to promote research on sex differences across a variety of disciplines. The winning proposals:

Marion Buckwalter, M.D., Ph.D. and Rona Giffard, M.D., Ph.D.:"Sex-specific Recovery from Stroke: Differences in Clinical Trajectory"

Tracey McLaughlin, M.D., M.S. and Michael Snyder, Ph.D.:"Sex differences in adipocyte responses to experimentally-induced weight gain"

Michael D. Greicius, M.D. and Hua Tang, Ph.D.: "Elucidating the APOE-by-Gender Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease"

Bertha Chen, M.D. and Jean Tang, M.D., Ph.D.: "Effect of cell sex on smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts derived from human embryonic stem cells" 

Zijie Sun, Ph.D., M.D. and Luis de Lecea, Ph.D.: "Androgen Signaling in Alcohol-Seeking Behavior between Genders"

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WSDM Leadership in the News

WSDM Co-Director Marcia Stefanick, Stanford leader of the NIH funded Women's Health Initiative (WHI), discusses the October JAMA report on the WHI hormone trials. Read the Stanford blog here.

Dr. Stefanick discusses the impact that sex differences may have on diseases and their treatments in a recent interview with BeWell@Stanford. Read the article here.

WSDM Co-Director Lynn Westphal, a leading expert in reproductive techology, discusses egg freezing in a recent San Jose Mercury-News interview. Egg freezing is an option for women seeking to extend their fertility. Dr. Westphal discusses random start ovarian stimulation as an option for cancer patients faced with time constraints in the harvesting of their eggs before cancer treatments. Read the article here.

Dr. Westphal spoke at Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc's 25th National Cystic Fibrosis Family Education Conference about women with cystic fibrosis who are having babies. Watch the video here.

Congratulations to WSDM Co-Director Marcia Stefanick and WSDM Advisory Board Member Jennifer Tremmel, for their election to the Council of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) in November. WSDM and Stanford Women's Heart Health will co-host the OSSD Annual Meeting at Stanford in April 2015. Save the date!

Heart disease is is the number one killer of both women and men. WSDM Advisory Board Member Dr. Jennifer Tremme, Clinical Director of Women's Heart Health at Stanford, highlights the differences between women and men when it comes to a heart attack in a recent interview with BeWell@Stanford. Learn more about those differences here.

WSDM Advisory Board Member Michael Greicius, MD and his team at the Stanford School of Medicine have found that gene variant ApoE4 puts women at substantially greater risk of developing Alzheimer's than it does men. Read the article here.

In a recent study, WSDM Advisory Board Member Mark Davis, MD and other scientists at the Stanford School of Medicine have shown that men with high testosterone levels benefit less after vaccination for influenza than do men with lower testosterone levels and women. Read about the study here.

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