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student-poster-presentation Figure 1. Student poster presentation

panel-led-breakout Figure 2. Panel-led breakout session on Careers in Physiology

student-award-presentations Figure 3. Simulation lab experience for faculty

Indiana Physiological Society Fifth Annual Meeting Report

Richard E. Klabunde
President, Indiana Physiological Society (2015-2016)

The Indiana Physiological Society (INPhys) held its fifth annual meeting on February 21, 2015 at the campus of Marian University (MU) College of Osteopathic Medicine located in Indianapolis. Despite a winter storm, there were 105 attendees, 34 of whom were faculty from Indiana colleges, universities, and biomedical companies. Most of the remaining attendees were high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. The theme for the meeting was Exercise.

Following registration and a continental breakfast, the participants were welcomed by Mari Hopper (INPhys President, 2014-2015) and Paul Evans (Dean, MU College of Osteopathic Medicine). The scientific sessions began with a keynote address given by Harold Laughlin (University of Missouri-Columbia) on the topic of "Mechanisms Responsible for Beneficial Effects of Physical Activity on Atherosclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease." This was followed by four excellent oral presentations given by students who were selected by a committee based on their submitted abstracts. The morning sessions were concluded with the first half of 37 poster presentations (Figure 1). Posters by students were evaluated and scored by a panel of judges for student awards.

Following a catered hot lunch, attendees were invited to participate in one of three hour-long breakout sessions: "Careers in Physiology" (Figure 2), "Simulation Lab Experience for Faculty" (Figure 3), or "Preparing for Your Academic Future." The second keynote speaker was Andrew Adams (Eli Lilly & Company) who spoke on "Mining the Physiology of Exercise and Calorie Restriction to Develop Novel Treatments for Diabetes and the Metabolic Syndrome." A second poster session followed, during which time a special simulator session for high school students was conducted. After the poster session, another oral session was scheduled with four student presentations. Near the end of the meeting, Michael Sturek (Indiana University School of Medicine) challenged the meeting participants with a Research Advocacy presentation. Following his presentation, awards were given for poster and oral presentations to four graduate and two undergraduate students (Figure 4). Two new Councilors were voted into office during the meeting.

As the INPhys leadership has reflected back on the meeting, we are very pleased with the large number of students who were able to participate in the meeting and for the quality of their oral and poster presentations. Research is alive and well among our future scientists in Indiana! We are grateful for the stimulating presentations by our keynote speakers that inspired all, particularly the students. Finally, we appreciate the following sponsors that financially supported the meeting, keynote speakers, and awards: MU College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Mathematics & Sciences, MU Office of Admissions, Indiana University (IU) Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology, IU School of Medicine-Muncie, University of Southern Indiana, Data Sciences International, Kent Scientific, and the American Physiological Society.


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