Membership in The American Physiological Society allows individual scientists the opportunity to interact with other physiologists world-wide in specific fields as well as in diverse fields all associated with integrative biology through such varied activities as participation in meetings and public affairs, involvement in education and award programs, service on committees and in sections, and publications.
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The American Physiological Society sponsors a number of scientific meetings each year. Experimental Biology, the APS annual meeting, is conducted jointly with other FASEB society members and focuses on the latest advances in research science. It includes award lectureships, symposia, exhibitions, and oral and poster presentations. In addition to this annual meeting, small specialized APS Conferences are held throughout the year. These conferences focus on designated areas of physiological research and are funded by the Society.
The APS is an important publisher of journals and books on many disciplines within physiology. It operates as a nonprofit publisher on a self-supporting basis, independent of Society dues. The APS publications are among the most respected and frequently cited in the world.
To keep members informed, the journal publishing program covers the entire spectrum of physiology. These peer-reviewed journals examine major physiological systems from the cellular and molecular to the organ and system level. The APS journals meet the needs of research investigators, educators, and information specialists interested in the physiological sciences.
Free online access is provided to the entire collection of APS journals, including their legacy content dating back to 1898. The APS publications include:
American Journal of Physiology (consolidated)
American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology
American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism
American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology
American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
American Journal of Physiology: Renal Physiology
Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Neurophysiology
Physiology (formerly, News in Physiological Sciences)
Advances in Physiology Education
The APS is actively involved with federal legislation and regulations that affect physiological research. Society officers and members often testify before Congress on appropriations and policy issues of interest to Society members. Through its advocacy effort, the APS plays a significant role in shaping federal policy on NIH funding and the use of animals in research. The Society provides members with the most up-to-date information on activities at all levels of government through publication in The Physiologist.
The APS conducts a variety of educational activities at all academic levels. By continually developing new programs and strengthening those programs already in existence, the Society works on building networks among research scientists and teachers and encouraging the development of young scientists. The APS refresher courses and teaching awards promote continued excellence in education.
The APS offers a variety of awards and fellowships to members of different ages in recognition of excellence and special accomplishments in science. Applications for the various awards are available from the Executive Office.
Committees/Sections and Groups
The APS committees offer many opportunities for members to be involved in Society activities. Members are surveyed yearly to encourage participation on Society committees.
The APS sections and groups provide members with up-to-date information in their specialty. These sections and groups advise the Society on matters of interest to the specialty and assist the Society through representation on the Committee on Committees, to identify qualified members to serve on committees, and on the Program Advisory Committee, to organize the annual meeting and APS Conferences.