Jane F. Reckelhoff, PhD, of the University of Mississippi Medical Center earlier this month took the helm as editor-in-chief of Biology of Sex Differences, a publication of the Society for Women’s Health Research and the official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences. Reckelhoff is professor and chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology and director of the Women’s Health Research Center at UMMC.
“Dr. Reckelhoff brings her own unique vision to Biology of Sex Differences during a time of evolution in scientific publishing,” said Amy M. Miller, PhD, president and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research. “She will build on the journal’s historic strengths instilled by the founding editorial team, while working to ensure the journal meets the needs of the growing field of sex differences research.”
Biology of Sex Differences, published by BioMed Central, focuses on sex differences in physiology, behavior, and disease, from molecules to phenotypes, and incorporates basic and clinical research. The journal aims to improve understanding of basic principles and foster development of therapeutic and diagnostic tools that are specific for sex differences.
“What I would like the journal to be is a collaboration of human studies that look at gender differences or sex differences with the basic science research … and combine that to make a strong, high-impact journal,” Reckelhoff said.
To help implement her vision for the journal, Reckelhoff has recruited four associate editors: Barbara T. Alexander of the University of Mississippi, Kate Denton of Monash University in Australia, Vesna Garovic of Mayo Clinic at Rochester, and Georgios Kararigas of Charité University Hospital in Germany.
Reckelhoff’s research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for the sex differences in blood pressure control and renal disease, postmenopausal hypertension, and polycystic ovary syndrome. She is the past president of the American Physiological Society and has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology, Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology and on the editorial board of several other journals.
Reckelhoff received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in biochemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also worked as a critical care nurse for 11 years prior to completing her degrees.