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Selected Highlights of Physiological Research at the Experimental Biology 2011 Meeting

The status and future of this fundamental science as it enters a new decade

Bethesda, Md. (February 16, 2011) - The American Physiological Society (APS), a sponsoring society of the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting, is pleased to offer a sample of the key topics in physiology that will be presented April 9-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. The following four tracks provide insight into the progress and programs in physiology as it enters a new decade.  Readers can view the full APS program by tracks. Press releases about new study findings will be available on the APS press page ( throughout the conference.   

Aging and Sex Differences

Featured topics:

  • "Cardiovascular and Renal Homeostasis During Pregnancy and Pregnancy Complications" - Jennifer Sasser and Shyama Masilamani (Sun., 4/10)

  • "Role of Sex Hormones in Regulation of Physiological and Metabolic Function of Muscle" - Espen Spangenburg (Tues., 4/12)


  • "Sex Difference Contributions to the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease" - Mark Nijland and Jeffrey Gilbert (Tues., 4/12)

  • "Sympathetic and Endothelial Control of Muscle Blood Flow in Aging and Hypertension" - Michael Joyner and Bengt Saltin (Tues., 4/12)

Cardiovascular Pathology

Featured topics:

  • "Adaptation of the Microcirculation to Inflammatory Insult" - Jerome Breslin (Tues., 4/12)

  • "Angiogenesis, Arteriogenesis, and Muscle Function: Contributions of Animal Models to Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease" - Joseph Unthank (Wed., 4/13)

  • "ECM-Cardiomyocyte Signaling in Heart Disease" - Farah Sheikh (Wed., 4/13)


  • "Latest on the Potential of Stem Cell Therapy in Cardiovascular Diseases" - Mohan Raizada and Julian Paton (Sun., 4/10)

  • "Matrix Metalloproteinases Induce Vasomotor Dysfunction in Inflammatory States" - Ronald Korthuis and Geert Schmid-Schonbein (Sun., 4/10)

  • "Salt, Angiotensin II, Superoxide, and Endothelial Function" - Julian Lombard and Andrew Greene (Sun., 4/10)

  • "Mechanisms of Mitochondria-mediated Cardiovascular Dysfunction and the Application of Organelle-specific Therapies in the Metabolic Syndrome" - David Busija and Tiffany Nguyen (Wed., 4/13)

  • "What Makes the Mitochondria a Killer?" - Elizabeth Murphy and Mesia Moore Steed (Wed., 4/13)

Inflammation and Immune Responses

Featured topics:

  • "Inflammation, Oxidative Stress and Vascular Function" - Lusha Xiang and Jay Naik (Sun., 4/10)

  • "Hemodynamic and Inflammatory Alterations in Hypertension and Renal Disease" - David Mattson (Mon., 4/11)\

  • "Adaptation of the Microcirculation to Inflammatory Insult" - Jerome Breslin (Tues., 4/12)

  • "New Insights on Roles of Extracellular Mediators in Intestinal Epithelial Restitution" - Xiao-Di Tan (Tues., 4/12)


  • "Matrix Metalloproteinases Induce Vasomotor Dysfunction in Inflammatory States" - Ronald Korthuis and Geert Schmid-Schonbein (Sun., 4/10)

  • "Fetal/Neonatal Origins of GI Disease" - Kevan Jacobson and Erika Claud (Wed., 4/13)

Stem Cell

Featured topics:

  • "Mesenchymal and Endothelial Progenitor Stem Cells: Novel Treatment Strategies for Lung Injury" - Michael Matthay and Jahar Bhattacharya (Mon., 4/11)

  • "Wiggers Award Featured Topic: Role of Stem/Progenitor Cells in Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Therapy" - Roberto Bolli (Mon., 4/11)


  • "Latest on the Potential of Stem Cell Therapy in Cardiovascular Diseases" - Mohan Raizada and Julian Paton (Sun., 4/10)

Award Lectures

Also being presented are the prestigious APS award lectures in memory of Walter B. Cannon and Henry Pickering Bowditch. The Walter B. Cannon Memorial Award Lecture will be given  Saturday, April 9, by Roberto Bolli. The title of his lecture is, "The nitric oxide-carbon monoxide module: A fundamental mechanism of cellular resistance to stress."  The Henry Pickering Bowditch Memorial Award Lecture will be presented on Sunday, April 10, by Larissa Shimoda. Her lecture is entitled, "Effects of chronic hypoxia on the pulmonary circulation: role of HIF-1."

Media Registration

Qualified members of the media and freelance writers will be provided with complimentary press registration to cover Experimental Biology 2011 in anticipation of their reporting on the science presented at the meeting. Please visit the press information page to view the media credentialing policy and other important details. Meeting abstracts will be available to the press in March.

Press Room Hours

The EB press room will be located in the Washington Convention Center - East Registration area. It will be open for the press for the following times: Friday, 4/8: 12 PM - 5 PM; Saturday, 4/9: 10 AM - 5 PM; Sunday, 4/10: 7:30 AM - 5 PM; Monday, 4/11: 7:30 AM - 5 PM; Tuesday, 4/12: 7:30 AM - 5 PM; and Wednesday, 4/13: 7:30 AM - 12 PM.

The Experimental Biology 2011 conference will be held April 9-13, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For more information, contact Donna Krupa at or 301.634.7209.

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.



Researchers Explore Inflammation, Immune Response and Cardiovascular Disease

Released August 22, 2016 - More and more research points to the involvement of inflammation and the immune system on the development of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular physiologists and immunologists will meet to explore how these mechanisms interact at the Inflammation, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease conference in Westminster, Colo., on Aug. 24–27, 2016.

Staying Young at Heart's the Focus of Upcoming Cardiovascular Conference

Released July 27, 2017 - Aging—the No. 1 risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease—and maintaining cardiovascular health is the main focus of the upcoming APS conference “Cardiovascular Aging: New Frontiers and Old Friends.” The conference—which will convene exercise, aging, cardiovascular and other researchers—will be held August 11–14, 2017, in Westminster, Colo.

Strategies to Optimize and Slow Cardiovascular Aging

Released August 11, 2017 - Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S. and growing older is the greatest—and most inevitable—risk factor for it. So what, if anything, can we do to keep our hearts and arteries as healthy as possible for as long as possible? Keynote speaker Douglas Seals, PhD, of the University of Colorado Boulder, will lay the groundwork of what we know and the promising research that could combat cardiovascular aging in his presentation “Strategies for Optimal Cardiovascular Aging.” Seals will present his lecture at the Cardiovascular Aging: New Frontiers and Old Friends conference in Westminster, Colo.

Researchers Explore a Better Way to Measure Blood Pressure

Released August 12, 2017 - Automatic blood pressure devices are often used to assess blood pressure levels at home and in the clinic. But these automatic devices are prone to significant errors, sometimes leading to the prescription of blood pressure-lowering medications to patients who don’t actually need them. Researchers at the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Israel have developed a method to more accurately measure systolic blood pressure. They will present their findings at the Cardiovascular Aging: New Frontiers and Old Friends conference in Westminster, Colo.

Cardiovascular Aging Symposium Explores Dysfunction and Disease Development

Released August 12, 2017 - During the “Novel Implications for Blood Flow and Vascular Dysfunction in Non-cardiovascular Related Disease” symposium at the APS Cardiovascular Aging: New Frontiers and Old Friends conference, researchers will present findings that emphasize the interaction between age-related cardiovascular dysfunction and disease whose risk increases with age.