The WSDM (Wisdom) Center

The Stanford Women and Sex Differences in Medicine Center

A Message from the WSDM Faculty Director

"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."

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- SAVE THE DATE  

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.  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.


WSDM Partners

Donor Generosity

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