Call for Symposium Proposals
2nd Joint Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and the International Society for Gender Medicine
Sex and gender research: Impact throughout the lifespan
May 5-8, 2019
Washington Marriott Georgetown
Washington, DC, USA
The 2019 OSSD/IGM Meeting Program Committee invites proposals for Scientific Symposia.
We welcome proposals in all areas of sex and gender differences research, spanning the gamut from fundamental biology (including evolution, genetics, molecular/cellular biology, and physiology) to translational science and clinical research. Symposia should highlight an area of current research on sex and gender differences, rather than being focused on issues related only to one sex. Proposed symposia should attempt to include basic and clinical science (i.e., from bench to bedside)
We particularly encourage proposals involving speakers and topics new to the OSSD and IGM, including proposals focusing on fast-moving, timely areas, and proposals bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on a common theme.
Symposia should be chaired by an OSSD or IGM member or co-chaired by two members. Proposals from new and prospective members are encouraged, so membership of the chair(s) is not required at the time of proposal submission. However, non-member chairs should be prepared to join the OSSD before the meeting. Each symposium should have three to four speakers (slots 20-30 mins each) related by a coherent theme, with topics accessible to a range of OSSD and IGM members. Speakers will typically be faculty members (or the equivalent), though up to one speaker in each panel may be a postdoctoral fellow. The symposium chair(s) may, at their discretion, be included in the speaker line-up. Confirmation of participation from each speaker is helpful but not essential for proposal submission. When appropriate, the Program Committee may work with the chairs to combine symposia or suggest additional/alternative speakers. Please note that OSSD and IGM are not able to cover costs for speaker travel or housing. However, a $150 honorarium plus one night hotel accommodations will be provided for non-member speakers.
We also invite individual proposals from faculty/instructor and postdoctoral members of OSSD or IGM for talks in any relevant area. Accepted talks will be grouped into symposia or incorporated into existing symposia as appropriate. Please use the final page of proposal form to submit an individual proposal.
Proposals may be prepared using this form and should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 15, 2018. Please address questions to the OSSD/IGM 2019 Program Committee Chair, Karyn Frick, at email@example.com.
Dr. Marianne Legato, Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer, and specialist in gender-specific medicine. She is founding member of the International Society for Gender Medicine and also the founder and director of The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University and its next iteration, The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. These enterprises are the first collaborations between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender and sex. Her ground breaking textbook on Gender-and Sex Specific Medicine has been published in 2017 in the 3rd edition.
She has published extensively on Gender and Sex Specific Medicine, both scientifically and for the lay public. She is also the founding editor of the journal Gender Medicine, and the Journal Gender and Genome, published for the scientific community. In 1992, Dr. Legato won the American Heart Association’s Blakeslee Award for the best book written for the lay public on cardiovascular disease. She is a practicing internist in New York City and has been listed each year in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” since the feature’s inception in 1993.