2023 Joint UCLA SCORE Symposium

April 14, 2023 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Sex Differences in Brain-Gut Disorders and Metabolism

(In-Person and Virtual)


Friday, April 14, 2023
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM PDT
UCLA Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) Auditorium

This meeting is free. Registration is required to receive zoom link. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided for in-person registered attendees.

REGISTER FOR THE SYMPOSIUM: uclahs.fyi/2023-joint-ucla-score-registration

Call for Abstracts

We invite you to submit your abstracts for poster presentations at the 2023 Joint UCLA SCORE Annual Symposium.

  • DEADLINE: FRIDAY, March 17, 2023
  • Students and Early Career Investigators are eligible for the poster competition
    • $500 first prize in Student category (undergraduate/graduate students)
    • $500 first prize in Early Career Investigator category (post-graduate/trainee/junior faculty)
  • Any clinical, basic science or translational research where sex as a biological variable is factored into research designs, analyses, and in reporting are welcome.
  • Poster session is in-person only at NRB from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM on day of symposium.
  • Abstracts presented at or submitted to local, regional or national meetings during the past 6 months are acceptable.
  • Abstract preparation and submission instructions are described below

Abstract Preparation Instructions

  • Format abstract using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs with 3,500 character limit.
  • For special characters such as Greek or algebraic, use a standard font such as ‘Arial’ or ‘Times New Roman’. Do not use the ‘Symbol’ font. Otherwise, please spell it out.
  • Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate compounds in the title of the abstract.
  • Up to 2 figures/tables are permitted
  • Include abstract title, names of all authors and the institutional affiliations for all authors (not counted toward character limit)
  • Indicate applicable category(ies)
    • brain-gut axis
    • microbiome
    • metabolism
    • obesity/metabolic syndrome
    • mitochondrial biology
    • neuroimmunology
    • autonomic nervous system
    • insulin resistance/diabetes
    • mind-brain-body interactions
    • stress
    • chronic pain syndromes (e.g. IBS, FM, Vulvodynia, IC/BPS)
    • liver diseases
    • cardiovascular diseases
    • outcomes research
    • other
  • If you wish to be considered for the poster competition, please indicate your training level. You must also be present during the poster session so judges can speak with you.

Submit abstracts to Cathy Liu at cathyliu@mednet.ucla.edu

About the UCLA Specialized Centers of Research Excellence (SCORE) on Sex Differences

UCLA SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Brain Gut Microbiome Interactions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The aims are to gain a better understanding of the role of the gut microbiome and female sex hormones in the modulation of brain gut microbiome interactions in two of the most common disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic functional constipation. These studies will provide valuable insights on the pathophysiology and treatment of these conditions. uclacns.org/score

UCLA SCORE on Sex Related Differences in Metabolism. The objective is to elucidate sex differences in risk factors and treatments for Metabolic Syndrome (MetSyn) components such as obesity, insulin resistance/diabetes, dyslipidemia, and fatty liver. Differences between men and women in susceptibility to cardio-metabolic disease are well known, but the underlying genetic and physiological mechanisms remain poorly defined. Our goal is to identify factors that determine sex-specific MetSyn risk, which may lead to better diagnosis and treatment for both sexes. sexdifferencesinmetabolism.ucla.edu