2017 Sex as a Biological Variable Workshop

In 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced policy changes to ensure that sex as a biological variable is considered in vertebrate animals and human studies. The 2017 Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) Workshop will take place October 26-27, 2017, at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. This one and one-half day long workshop is intended to address the advantages of incorporating SABV in biomedical research.

The workshop will highlight the scientific insights of a select number of supplement recipients who received funding through the NIH Office of Strategic Coordination and the Office of Research on Women's Health to address sex differences in brain function and behavior, sex effects/interactions with external influences, sex differences in animal models, and sex differences in gene expression. Researchers will present their scientific results and share on challenges and approaches to inclusion of SABV in research design spanning the entire continuum from basic through translational to clinical research analyses and reporting. It will also include a panel discussion on accounting for SABV in biomedical research. This workshop will inform the development of a white paper for the broader scientific community on analytic strategies for incorporating SABV into biomedical research.

Registration for this event is currently closed.

Note: There is no fee to participate at the 2017 SABV Workshop. There is no fee to submit an abstract. In addition, no monetary reimbursement for travel or lodging will be provided to participants whose abstracts are selected for oral or poster presentation. The deadline for event registration and abstract submission is Friday, October 6, 2017.