Stanford WSDM Center

Women and Sex Differences in Medicine

A Message from the WSDM Faculty Director

WSDM has made great strides in the last several years to educate research scientists, physicians, students, and the general public about the importance of sex and gender differences in research and medical practice, and in the health of men and women through all stages of life.
We are proud to announce that WSDM has received funding from the Dean of the School of Medicine and the Chair of every department in the School of Medicine, to continue our educational programming and events for years to come. The Fourth WSDM Seed Grant Workshop will be our next step to achieve our research goals, and we invite you to join us on October 28 at 1:00 pm in Alway M112 to see the cutting edge research in women’s health and sex differences taking place at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Marcia Stefanick, PhD
Director, Stanford WSDM Center


Seed Grant Awards 2016

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

"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


Seed Grant 2017 Workshop: October 28, 2016

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.  More 

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.


Donor Generosity

The WSDM Center would like to thank Graniterock for its generous support of the 5th Annual Women's Health Forum.