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

Co-Director, WSDM

Lynn Westphal, MD

Co-Director, WSDM

Marcia Stefanick, Susan Love, and Lynn Westphal

Women's Health Forum 2013

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

May 21, 2014: Arrillaga Alumni Center

1:00pm-5:15 pm

Click here to see the flyer with speakers and exhibits.

RSVP here for this exciting event!


Third Annual Basic & Translational Research Symposium Sex Differences in Immunology a great success

Our third Annual Basic & Translational Research Symposium was held on Monday, March 10 in Clark Center. The symposium featured many leading researchers in the field of immunology and sex differences, including Stanford experts, and was very well received. Check out the program. Video of the event will be posted soon!

2013 WSDM Seed Grants Awarded

On December 13, 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. Grecius, 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"

Welcome to the Stanford WSDM Center (pronounced “wisdom”), as we now call the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women and Sex Differences in Medicine. The Stanford WSDM Center, an initiative supported by all Departments of the Stanford School of Medicine, evolved from the former Women’s Health at Stanford program within the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Our new name acknowledges the wisdom of building and expanding 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 and population health science. WSDM endeavors to launch and facilitate research and educational programs and courses that target and focus on women and the spectrum of biological (and sociocultural) differences (and similarities) that may affect female and male health outcomes over the lifecourse.

Please enjoy Inside Stanford Medicine’s story regarding the launch of our new center.

We are truly excited about this new endeavor!

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to staying connected.

Co-Directors of the Stanford WSDM Center
Marcia Stefanick, PhD
Lynn Westphal, MD

Managing Director
Sonoo Thadaney, MBA

Program Associate, Stanford WSDM Center
Terri Oppelt ("TO") Preising, MaEd, JD

What's New

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

Congratulations to WSDM Co-Director Marcia Stefanick and WSDM Advisory Board Member Jennifer Tremmel, who were both elected Councilors by the membership of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) in November.

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.

WSDM Co-Director Lynn Westphal shares advice for women who are considering freezing their eggs as part of their family planning, including insights into the process and other considerations in expert.sheknows.com.

Dr. Westphal discusses the fertility issues that may accompany cancer survivorship and the need for pre- and post-treatment fertility counseling for patients in “An in-depth look at fertility and cancer survivorship”. She answers questions about the impact of cancer therapy on female fertility in Dr. Leah Millheiser’s Ask the Expert blog, and affirms the usefulness of random start ovarian stimulation as an option for cancer patients faced with time constraints in the harvesting of their eggs before cancer treatments.

Former WSDM Advisory Board Member Iris Litt was honored by the WSDM Center and the Clayman Institute for Gender Research last fall as a "Trailblazer for Gender in Medicine". Read a recent article in Gender News about Dr. Litt and her legacy.


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