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

APS President David M. Pollock, PhD, has organized a dynamic President’s Symposium Series for EB 2015. Focused on the theme “Physiology: Answers to Big Questions,” experts will discuss how physiology can uncover solutions for diabetes, obesity and hypertension. The series is anchored by Nobel Laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz, PhD.

APS Announces 2015 Society Lectureship Award Winners

Masashi Yanagisawa, MD, PhD, Babette B. LaMarca, PhD and Jennifer S. Pollock, PhD to be awarded prestigious APS honors at Experimental Biology 2015.

Cancer Drug Encourages Both Disease Regression and Loss of Taste

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified the pathway responsible for taste changes among users of chemotherapy drugs that treat basal cell carcinoma. Manuscript was chosen as an APSselect article for March.

Older Adults: Double Your Protein to Build More Muscle

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences researchers find that older adults may need to double up on the recommended daily allowance of protein to efficiently maintain and build muscle. The article is published in the AJP—Endocrinology and Metabolism and is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

An Interview with APS Executive Director Martin Frank, PhD

Dr. Frank talks to International Innovation about the Society’s successes, focus on support for young and underrepresented researchers, the Living History project and the future of physiology.

Marion Siegman’s Living History

International Innovation highlights renowned smooth muscle physiologist (and APS member) Marion Siegman in their “Last Word” column. Using excerpts from her Living History of Physiology interview, Dr. Siegman recounts her early career experiences in research. This is the first of a two-part feature in the magazine.

Mind over Matter: Can You Think Your Way to Strength?

Ohio University researchers find that regular mental imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization. The article is published in the Journal of Neurophysiology and is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

Maternal Insulin Resistance Changes Pancreas, Increases Metabolic Disorders Risk in Offspring

Researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School shed light on how changes to a mother’s metabolism lead to increased risk of insulin resistance, obesity and other problems in offspring.

Physiology Understanding Week 2014 Brings ‘PhUn’ to K–12 Students Across the U.S.

Physiologists from across the country will visit classrooms to lead students in interactive activities that demonstrate how their bodies function and teach how medical discoveries are made during PhUn Week 2014 (November 3–7).

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease in Old Aortas

Sargent College of Boston University researchers look for the root cause of age-related aortic stiffness—an early sign of cardiovascular disease—and uncover a potential therapeutic target for reducing or preventing its development. The article is published in AJP-Heart and Circulatory Physiology and is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

APS News Update Special Edition: 2014 Awards Deadlines

As part of our mission to foster education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences, APS hands out more than 100 awards in the field of physiology each year. Deadlines are fast approaching for a number of our awards.

Penguins Use Their Personalities to Prepare for Climate Change

Birds’ individual personalities may be among the factors that could improve its chances of successfully coping with environmental stressors. Research presented at the APS intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology.”

Responses to Global Change: Acclimatize, Adapt or Die

Human-driven climate change will put much of the Earth’s biodiversity at risk of extinction. This session will feature four presentations on how individual species are adapting to environmental changes. It will be presented on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the APS Intersociety meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology.”

Getting the Most out of Aquaculture: Pearls of Wisdom from Farmed Oysters

Australian researchers are fitting oysters with biosensors to measure how they respond to changing environmental conditions or stressors on aquaculture farms. Their results have implications for achieving and maintaining ideal conditions for targeted species in aquatic environments.

#CompPhys2014 Workshops Address Unconventional Careers in Science, Teaching in the IPhone Era

The APS meeting “Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology” will feature workshops addressing two challenges facing physiologists today: finding a job and teaching physiology in the age of the smartphone.

Why Wet Feels Wet: Understanding the Illusion of Wetness

Though it seems simple, feeling that something is wet is quite a feat because our skin does not have receptors that sense wetness. UK researchers propose that wetness perception is intertwined with our ability to sense cold temperature and tactile sensations such as pressure and texture.

Animal Physiology: A Looking Glass into Health, Disease and Environmental Adaptation

New research, featured symposia and information on plenary sessions and workshops to be presented at the 2014 Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology meeting in San Diego. View the full meeting program at http://ow.ly/BEI2K.

Intense Exercise During Long Space Flights Can Help Astronauts Protect Aerobic Capacity

Many astronauts experience a dip in aerobic capacity during long space flights. In an article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, NASA researchers find that regular, intense in-flight exercise helps preserve cardiovascular stamina. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

Keep Calm Moms: Maternal Stress during Pregnancy Linked to Asthma Risk in Offspring

Harvard researchers find that a single bout of stress during pregnancy can affect allergy and asthma susceptibility in neonates. The article is published in AJP – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology and was chosen as one of this month’s APSselect articles.

APS Awards $386,000 to Its 2014 Undergraduate Research Fellows

The APS is pleased to announce the recipients of its five summer fellowship programs for 2014. Fellows spend an average of 10 weeks in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member.

Chinese Herbal Extract May Help Kill Off Pancreatic Cancer Cells

University of Minnesota researchers find an ancient Chinese herb decreases a protective protein that helps cells survive allowing cell death in pancreatic cancer cells. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

APS Awards $72,800 to Its 2014 STRIDE Undergraduate Research Fellows

APS has selected 14 undergraduate Fellows to spend the summer performing research in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. The APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) program provides the opportunity for aspiring scientists with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to have an exciting research experience and to be immersed in the scientific process.

Stem Cell Therapy May Help Recondition Lungs Previously Rejected for Transplant

International team of researchers use stem cells therapy to “recondition” abnormally functioning lungs previously rejected for transplant. Study could have implications for increasing the supply of suitable donor lungs. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

APS Signs on to Pilot SocialCite Metrics Tool for Scientific Citations

APS is excited to be one of four publishers participating in the pilot program for SocialCite - a new tool that tracks and measures the quality of scientific article citations. The Genetics Society of America, The Rockefeller University Press, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences are also pilot publishers.

Prematurity Linked to Altered Lung Function During Exercise, High Blood Pressure in Adults

Some preterm babies have lungs that develop abnormally. While long-term health effects of prematurity are still unclear, researchers have found that adults who were born early may have problems handling the pulmonary demands of exercise.

Heat Regulation Dysfunction May Stop MS Patients from Exercising

Exercise-induced body temperature increases can make symptoms worse for some patients with multiple sclerosis. Researchers at Southern Methodist explore the underlying causes of the temperature regulation problems so MS patients can better reap the benefits of exercise.

Road to the Fountain of Youth Paved with Fast Food…and Sneakers?

Unhealthy lifestyle habits can accelerate the process of senescence (cell death) and the release of damaging substances from dying cells. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic for the first time demonstrate that exercise can prevent or delay this fundamental process of aging.

Ready, Set, Hot!: Does Warm Weather Play a Role in Football Concussions?

Heat and dehydration can cause a “perfect storm” of risk factors for concussion among competitive football players. University of Windsor researchers looked at the effects of extreme temperature on concussion rates during NCAA football games.

Fight Memory Loss with a Smile (or Chuckle)

The stress hormone cortisol can negatively affect memory and learning ability in the elderly. Researchers at Loma Linda University found that showing a 20-minute funny video to healthy seniors and seniors with diabetes helped them score better on memory tests and significantly reduced their cortisol levels when compared to non-video watchers.

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

Highlights from APS President Kim E. Barrett’s special EB symposium series “Multiscale Physiology: Linking Cellular and Molecular Insights to the Health of Organisms and Populations.”

APS Announces 2014 Society Lectureship Award Winners

James M. Anderson, MD, PhD; Kazuhiro Nakamura, PhD; and Michael Joyner, MD receive three of the Society’s most prestigious awards.

Archive of Teaching Resources Relaunches As Life Sciences Teaching Community

New community offers thousands of free resources for life science educators. The Physiological Society, Genetics Society of America, and American Society of Plant Biologists join as scientific society partners.

Race Now or Later? Calculating the Best Time to Compete after Altitude Training

In a new review article, researchers explore the ideal time to return to sea level and compete following training at high altitude. The research is one of 15 articles on hypoxia—this month’s highlighted topic in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

A Protein Could Be a Key Weapon in the Battle of the Bulge

In a new study, researchers found that elevated levels of GDNF protein could help fight the weight gain and health problems associated with a high-fat diet. The article is published in AJP-Gastro and was chosen as one of April's APSselect articles.

Not Only Is She Thinner Than You…Her Muscles Work Better, Too

In a new AJP-Endo study, researchers examined how muscle physiology plays into being and staying lean.

Genes May Thwart Seniors’ Exercise Gains

A new study in Physiological Genomics examines the ACE I/D gene and how its variations -- the ID, DD, and II genotypes -- cause some seniors' to lose out on the benefits of exercise.

APS Elects New 2014 Officers

APS announces its newly-elected officers for 2014. Patricia E. Molina, MD, PhD is the new president-elect. Barbara Alexander, PhD; Rudy M. Ortiz, PhD; and Bill Yates, PhD have been named to the APS Council.

APS Announces New Society-wide Virtual Journal, APSselect

January 2014 marks the beginning of an exciting new initiative for the Society. Our new virtual journal, entitled APSselect, will highlight the “best of the best” of the some 250 papers published each month by the Society’s 10 research journals.

“The Sex of Cells” in the Lab

At first glance one might think that a cell lacks features that would reflect its sex or gender. In fact, that is not true. Researchers are now discovering that the sex of experimental subjects—even cells—does matter in research.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Heart Defects May Be Caused by Altered Function, Not Structure

Study utilizing using animal model finds fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) heart defects may be caused by altered function, not structure.

Sad News, Death of Bill Stanley, EIC, AJP-Heart

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Bill Stanley, Editor-in-Chief of AJP-Heart in Sydney, Australia. Bill’s death was very sudden and the news is shocking. Bill was a passionate and innovative leader of AJP-Heart, and the Journal editors and staff will ensure that his work on the journal continues without pause. We express our deepest condolences to his family.

Inaugural Outstanding Junior Investigator Award

AJP-Lung is delighted to announce that we received nineteen nominations for papers on all aspects of lung biology.

An Update on EB 2013 - Boston

As you know, two bombs exploded yesterday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At least 3 people were killed, and more than a hundred were injured, some seriously. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific event.

APS Executive Director shares his views on open access in the New England Journal of Medicine

APS Executive Director shares his views on open access in a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article titled “Open but Not Free – Publishing in the 21st Century".

Comprehensive Physiology indexed in PubMed/Medline

Comprehensive Physiology, the APS serial publication launched in January 2011 is now indexed in Medline/PubMed. Indexing will be retroactive to the first issue. The APS, Ron Terjung, Editor-in-Chief, and Wiley-Blackwell, publisher of the Journal on behalf of the APS, are delighted with this outstanding outcome.

1st PanAmerican Congress of Physiological Sciences 2014

The Scientific Programming Committee (SPC) for the 1st Pan-American Congress of Physiological Sciences invites submission of proposals for Plenary Lectures, Keynote Speakers and Symposia. The first historical meeting of physiologists from the three Americas will be held in the city of Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil from August 2-6, 2014. The theme for the Congress is “Physiology without Borders”.

County of San Diego California's Proclamation to APS

The County of San Diego California proclaimed April 21, 2012 to be "American Physiology Society Day" thoughtout San Diego County.

San Diego Mayor, Jerry Sanders, Extends Welcome to APS

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders extends a welcome to APS and issues a proclamation in recognition of the Society’s 125th anniversary, declaring April 21, 2012 to be “American Physiological Society Day” in the City of San Diego.