Shu Chien was installed as the 63th President of the American Physiological Society at the close of the Society's spring meeting in Washington, DC.
Chien, a professor of bioengineering and medicine at the University of California, San Diego, succeeds Vernon S. Bishop.
A 43-year member of APS, Chien has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology, the Journal of Applied Physiology, and the American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology. He also has been an active contributor to the Society's educational programs, including the slide-tape program on peripheral circulation and the Handbook of Physiology: Circulation. In 1985, he was elected to the APS Council by the membership and last ear was elected President-elect.
Chien comes to the APS presidency with years of experience serving scientific societies, including president of the Microcirculatory Society, president of the American-Chinese Medical Society, and chairman of the steering committee of the North American Society of Biorheology. He also helped Academia Sinica in Taiwan to establish the Institute of Biomedical Sciences.
The 58-year-old Chien is the fifth president from California and the first of Asian origin to be elected president of the 104-year-old Society. He was born in Peiping (now Beijing) and grew up in Shanghai