• Diabetes during Pregnancy May Increase Baby’s Heart Disease Risk:  Gestational diabetes may increase the risk of blood vessel dysfunction and heart disease in offspring by altering a smooth muscle protein responsible for blood vessel network formation. Understanding of the protein’s function in fetal cells may improve early detection of disease in children. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Cell Physiology.
  • Smell Receptors in the Body Could Help Sniff Out Disease:  A review of more than 200 studies reveals that olfactory receptors—proteins that bind to odors that aid the sense of smell—perform a wide range of mostly unknown functions outside the nose. The function of extra-nasal olfactory receptors has the potential to be used in the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions such as cancer. The article is published in the July issue of Physiological Reviews
  • Stem Cell Transplant Drug May Protect against Smoke-related COPD Symptoms:  New research suggests that a drug shown to mobilize stem cells in patients with certain cancers that need stem cell transplantation may also protect against cigarette smoke-induced lung injury. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, was chosen as an APSselect article for July.
  • Obesity + Aging Linked to Alzheimer’s Markers in the Brain:  A new study suggests that when a high-fat, high-sugar diet that leads to obesity is paired with normal aging, it may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, researchers discovered that certain areas of the brain respond differently to risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s. The study is published in Physiological Reports.
  • Martin Frank, PhD, Retires as APS Executive Director:  Martin Frank, PhD, FAPS, will retire on June 30, 2018, from the American Physiological Society (APS) after 33 years as executive director. During his time at APS, Frank has overseen growth in many areas, including increases in the Society’s member base and in its ability to support researchers working in the discipline of physiology.
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  • Call for Nominations for EIC of Comprehensive Physiology :  Nominations are invited for the Editorship of Comprehensive Physiology to succeed David M. Pollock, who will complete his term as Editor on June 30, 2019. The APS Publications Committee plans to interview candidates in the Fall of 2018.