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Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Metabolic Homeostasis, Diabetes and Obesity (C6)

Organizer(s) Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, Deborah Clegg and Arthur P. Arnold
March 19—22, 2017
Granlibakken Tahoe • Tahoe City, CA USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 15, 2016
Abstract Deadline: Dec 19, 2016
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 15, 2016
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 18, 2017

Supported by the Directors' Fund

Summary of Meeting:
There are fundamental aspects of metabolic homeostasis that are regulated differently in males and females, and influence both the development of diabetes and obesity and the response to pharmacological intervention. Still, most preclinical researchers avoid studying female rodents due to the added complexity of research plans. The consequence is the generation of data that risks being relevant to only half of the population. This is a timely moment to study sex differences in diseases as NIH leadership has asked scientists to consider sex as a biological variable in preclinical research, to ensure that women get the same benefit of medical research as men. The goal of this meeting is to fill a need in the scientific community by connecting interdisciplinary groups of scientists who normally would not have an opportunity to interact. This group includes investigators studying sex differences, the role of sex hormones, the systems biology of sex and the genetic contribution of sex chromosomes to metabolic homeostasis and diseases. Leaders of the pharmaceutical industry will present their views on sex-specific drug discovery. The meeting is expected to generate new knowledge and ideas on the importance of gender biology and medicine from a molecular standpoint to the population level, and to provide the methods to study them. It is intended to be a catalyst of a process that will lead to gender-specific treatments of metabolic diseases.

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Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Matthew A. Quinn
NIEHS, National Institutes of Health, USA

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Scholarship Recipients

Aurele Besse-Patin
Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada

Alexandra L. Cara
University of Michigan, USA

Alexis M. Ceasrine
Johns Hopkins University, USA

Naima S. Dahir
Utah State University, USA

Nyrie E. Israelian
University of Toronto, Canada

Karlton R. Larson
University of California, Davis, USA

Amanda J. Lin
University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Margreet Vonk Noordegraaf
Erasmus MC, Netherlands

Beibei Xu
Tulane University, USA