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Nobel Laureate, Leading Experts Speak in APS President’s Symposium Series

San Diego, CA (April 27, 2014) — APS President Kim E. Barrett, PhD, of the University of California San Diego has organized a dynamic President’s Symposium Series to be presented during the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego. Three symposia featuring leading research experts will focus around the theme “Multiscale Physiology: Linking Cellular and Molecular Insights to the Health of Organisms and Populations.” The series is anchored on Wednesday with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Lecture by Nobel Laureate Bruce Beutler, MD, PhD.

Early Life Origins of Adult Disease
Sunday, 4/27 at 3:15 PM
San Diego Convention Center Room 20A


“Embedding early-life experiences in the CNS genome via DNA methylation”
Moshe Szyf, PhD, McGill University

“Role of placental transport function in determining offspring health outcomes”
Jane Cleal, PhD, South Hampton General Hospital

“Impact of early life-growth failure on adult disease—added burden for the developing world”
Richard Guerrant, MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Life At Extremes: Adaptations to Diverse Challenges to Normal Homeostasis
Monday, 4/28 at 3:15 PM
San Diego Convention Center Room 20A


“Regulation of the adaptive cellular response to hypoxia”
Cormac Taylor, PhD, University College Dublin

“Regulation of gene expression and cell function in microgravity”
Millie Hughes-Fulford, PhD, University of California San Francisco, VA Medical Center, NCIRE

“Causes, consequences and treatment of preeclampsia”
Jeffrey Gilbert, PhD, University of Oregon

Physiological Relevance of the Intestinal Microbiome: Moving Beyond the Gut
Tuesday, 4/29 at 3:15 PM
San Diego Convention Center Room 20A


“Overuse of antibiotics and the risk of obesity and asthma”
Martin J. Blaser, MD, NYU School of Medicine

“Not all in your mind — crosstalk between the microbiota and behavior”
Melanie Gareau, PhD, University of California San Diego

“Manipulating the microbiota to improve metabolic dysfunction”
Herbert Tilg, PhD, Medical University of Innsbruck

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Lecture
Wednesday, 4/30 at 4:45 PM
San Diego Convention Center Room 20A


“Monitored mutagenesis of the mouse genome to identify proteins with essential immune functions”
Bruce Beutler, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: To schedule an interview with a member of the research team, please contact Stacy Brooks at or (240) 432-9697.


About Experimental Biology 2014

Experimental Biology is an annual meeting comprised of more than 14,000 scientists and exhibitors from six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies. With a mission to share the newest scientific concepts and research findings shaping current and future clinical advances, the meeting offers an unparalleled opportunity for exchange among scientists from throughout across the United States and the world who represent dozens of scientific areas, from laboratory to translational to clinical research.

About the American Physiological Society (APS)

APS is a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The Society was founded in 1887 and today represents more than 11,000 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals.

Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.