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

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 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.


2015 WSDM Seed Grants Awarded


Congratulations to the following investigators whose proposals received $20,000 each in seed grant funds from WSDM on December 18, 2015:

"Feasibility of Detecting Changes in Bone Microarchitecture and Body Composition from Cross Sex Hormone Therapy (CSHT) in Transgender Youth" Tandy Aye, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; Mary Leonard, MD, Professor, Medicine

"Reducing Reactive Aldehyde Levels to Treat Endometriosis-associated Pain" Eric Gross, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology; Stacy McAllister, PhD, Post-doctoral Scholar, Anesthesiology; Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD, Professor, Chemical Systems Biology

"Defining the Molecular Pathways Responsible for Female-biased Airway Disregulation in Chronic Asthma" Maya E. Kumar, PhD, Instructor, Medicine; Pehr Harbur, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry

"Examining Sex Differences in the Human and Mouse Placental Transcriptome During a Vulnerable Neurodevelopmental Window" Theo D. Palmer, PhD, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery; Virginia D. Winn, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn; Amy Braun (Doctoral Student), Neurobiology

"Sex Differences in Macrophage Activation: Role of miR-204" Philip S. Tsao, PhD, Professor, Medicine (CV Med); Nicholas Leeper, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery

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Upcoming WSDM Events


WISER Community Summer Event

WSDM is introducing a new initiative in 2016: the WISER Community                               (WSDM  Interdisciplinary Science, Education, and Research).  If you are interested in learning more about the WISER Community and its upcoming meetings and events, join our listserv.


Seed Grant Workshop 2016

Details will be available soon for the 4th annual WSDM Seed Grant Workshop-stay tuned.

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Recent WSDM Events


7th Annual WSDM Women's Health Forum 2016

On May 14, 2016, WSDM partnered with Stanford Health Matters to host the Health Matters|WSDM Women's Health Forum 2016, which featured experts from the School of Medicine presenting on issues affecting women in cardiology, cancer, dermatology, sleep, and more. Attendance this year was a record high for both. Watch the videos of the WSDM Women's Health Talks. Many of the other Health Matters talks are available on the Health Matters website.


6th Annual Basic & Translational Research Symposium on Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Health and Disease

February 24, 2016 WSDM hosted its 6th Annual Basic & Translational Research Symposium on Sex Differences. The focus was on Cardiovascular Health and Disease, and was very well received by a capacity crowd in LKSC Berg Hall. Experts from cohosts the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute and Women's Heart Health at Stanford presented their cutting edge research. Read the Stanford Medicine SCOPE blog on the symposium here. Check out the videos of the presentations on our WSDM YouTube channel.


WSDM Seed Grant Workshop

October 23, 2015 WSDM hosted its third seed grant workshop. The event featured updates from past seed grant award winners. The group identified questions regarding sex/gender and women's health that need more study and facilitated collaborations across disciplines. See the slideshow.

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WSDM Leadership in the News

WSDM Advisory Board Member Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine and Associate Dean of Maternal and Child Health Research, has been appointed as the next Chair of the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Congratulations to Professor Leonard, who will take up her post on July 1.

The August 22 issue of Lancet featured a profile of WSDM Director Maria Stefanick and her career promoting the study of sex differences. Read the article here.

In the April 28 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), Dr. Stefanick, WSDM Advisory board member Londa Schiebinger, and other experts discuss the importance of sex inclusion in basic research and the implications of the NIH's May 2014 policy change to require a balance of male and female cells and animals in studies. Click here to read the article.

Associate Professor Michael Greicius, a WSDM Advisory Board member, was featured on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" discussing his research regarding women and Alzheimer's Disease. Listen to the audio here.

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