Newswise — Bethesda, Md. (April 18, 2016)—Jane Reckelhoff, PhD, assumed the presidency of the American Physiological Society (APS) in April, immediately following the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2016. Reckelhoff is a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor, director of the Women’s Health Research Center, director of research development for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

“I am very honored and humbled to have been chosen by the members of the American Physiological Society to represent them as the 89th president,” Reckelhoff wrote in her presidential editorial in The Physiologist. “I have been a member of APS for the past 25 years, and the Society has not only shaped my scientific career but given me opportunities to be of service to fellow physiologists by allowing me to serve on various APS committees. I consider the role of president as another opportunity to serve the Society and am excited to begin the task.

“One of my goals as APS president is to encourage continuation of existing programs and develop new programs that will support our members who want to develop or continue a career in research, whether that career is in medical centers, colleges and universities, industry, or government positions. APS is also comprised of many members who are pure academicians.”

Reckelhoff outlined her five presidential goals for furthering the APS Strategic Plan and its mission “to promote the discipline of physiology and thereby enhance human and animal health by disseminating research discoveries, facilitating research and scientific interaction, educating the public, and enabling future generations of physiologists”:

1. To increase awareness of and advocate for the discipline of physiology2. To actively work to attract, meet the needs of, engage and retain membership subgroups3. To develop strategies to strengthen the Society’s publications in a changing world4. To enhance opportunities for scientific interaction and exchange5. To increase the visibility of physiology in life sciences and health sciences

Read more about these goals in The Physiologist.

About Jane Reckelhoff, PhDReckelhoff’s nontraditional path into physiology started during nine years as a critical care nurse before beginning her undergraduate studies in chemistry at the College of William and Mary. She received her PhD from the Medical College of Virginia (renamed Virginia Commonwealth University) in Richmond and conducted her postdoctoral fellowships in the physiology departments of Texas Southwestern University in Dallas and West Virginia University in Morgantown.

Reckelhoff’s current research focus is on the role that sex steroids play in control of blood pressure and renal function and the mechanisms responsible for postmenopausal hypertension. She has a special interest in the differential roles played by testosterone in health and disease in males and females. She is currently an associate editor for the American Journal of Physiology (AJP)—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. She has served or currently serves on the editorial board of Clinical Science, Hypertension, Biology of Sex Differences, AJP—Renal Physiology, and AJP—Heart and Circulatory Physiology. Reckelhoff is a past editor-in-chief of Gender Medicine and associate editor for Clinical Therapeutics (2014).

An active member in APS, Reckelhoff has served in many leadership positions including as an APS councilor, chair of the Women in Physiology Committee and member of the Porter Physiology and Public Affairs committees. She has served terms as secretary-treasurer and chair of the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section. Reckelhoff was also the co-organizer of the past four APS conferences related to sex and gender differences and women’s health. She also served APS as co-chair of the program committee for the “Physiology without Borders” Pan-American Congress, held in Iguazu Falls, Brazil.

Reckelhoff has served as a member of the Leadership Committee and chair of the Membership Subcommittee for the Council on Hypertension of the American Heart Association (AHA) and on numerous study sections and review panels for AHA, National Institutes of Health [General Medicine B, Neurobiology, ICP-1 (Fogarty International), Pathobiology of Kidney Disease, and special emphasis panels] and international panels.

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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 11,000 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.