American Physiological Society Announces Top Award Lectures, Distinguished Lectureships at Experimental Biology 2013

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Released: 11-Mar-2013 2:40 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Physiological Society (APS)

Newswise — BETHESDA, Md. (March 11, 2013) – The American Physiological Society (APS) will honor 14 distinguished researchers for their contributions to the field at the Society’s 126th annual meeting. The event, part of the Experimental Biology (EB) 2013 meeting, is being held April 20-24, 2013 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Free registration is available to credentialed representatives of the press via

The APS award winners, the subjects of their lectures, and the dates of the presentations are noted below:

Award Lectures

Physiology in Perspective: The Walter B. Cannon Award LectureLecturer: Michael J. Joyner, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Presentation: “Is physiology redundant?”Saturday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. The Cannon Award is the Society’s pre-eminent award and is presented to an outstanding physiological scientist for their contributions to the field.

The Henry Pickering Bowditch Award LectureLecturer: Jonathan D. Tune, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind.Presentation: “Translational insights into the regulation of coronary blood flow.”Sunday, April 21, 5:45 p.m. The Bowditch Award, the society’s second highest, is awarded to a scientist younger than 42 years of age whose accomplishments are both original and outstanding.

Distinguished LectureshipsThe recipients of these awards are given to scientists who have done noteworthy work within one of 12 physiological disciplines.

Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Teaching of Physiology SectionLecturer: Eric Mazur, Ph.D., Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, Mass.Presentation: “Confessions of a converted lecturer.”Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.

Hugh Davson Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Cell and Molecular Physiology SectionLecturer: Amira Klip, Ph.D., senior scientist in the Cell Biology Program at SickKids Research Institute and Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry, and Physiology at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.Presentation: “Insulin signal transduction meets vesicle traffic via Rab GTPases and unconventional myosins.”Sunday, April 21, 2 p.m.

Ernest H. Starling Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis SectionLecturer: Donald E. Kohan, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension Division, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah.Presentation: “Collecting duct endothelium: the last word in sodium and water excretion and blood pressure regulation.”Sunday, April 21, 3:15 p.m.

Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation SectionLecturer: Roger A. Dampney, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, Bosch Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. Presentation: “Central mechanisms regulating coordinated cardiovascular and respiratory function in stress and arousal.”Monday, April 22, 8 a.m.

Solomon A. Berson Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Endocrinology and Metabolism SectionLecturer: Ellis R. Levin, M.D., Chief, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Calif.Presentation: “Extra-nuclear estrogen receptors: functions for physiology and pathophysiology.” Monday, April 22, 10:30 a.m.

Edward F. Adolph Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Environmental and Exercise Physiology SectionLecturer: Douglas R. Seals, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colo.Presentation: “The remarkable anti-aging effects of aerobic exercise on arteries.”Monday, April 22, 2 p.m.

Joseph Erlanger Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Central Nervous System SectionLecturer: Charles W. Bourque, Ph.D., James McGill Professor, Centre for Research in Neuroscience, McGill University and Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Canada.Presentation: “Verney’s osmoreceptor: An integrated unit comprising ion channels, glial cells and mechanosensitive neurons."Monday, April 22, 3:15 p.m.

Carl W. Gottschalk Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Renal SectionLecturer: Jeff Sands, M.D., Juha P. Kokko Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Director of the Renal Division, and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.Presentation: “Regulation of renal urea transport.”Monday, April 22, 3:15 p.m.

Julius H. Comroe, Jr. Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Respiration SectionLecturer: Aron B. Fisher, M.D., Professor of Physiology and Medicine, Director of the Institute for Environment Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa. Presentation: “The serpentine path to a novel mechanism based inhibitor of acute inflammatory lung injury.”Tuesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.

Robert M. Berne Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Cardiovascular SectionLecturer: David J. Lefer, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.Presentation: “A long and winding road: The story of nitric oxide in the heart.”Tuesday, April 23, 2 p.m.

Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology SectionLecturer: Ole H. Petersen, CBE FRS, Director of Biosciences, Cardiff School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom. Presentation: “Calcium signal mechanisms in epithelial cells: Roles in physiology and pathology.”Tuesday, April 23, 3:15 p.m.

August Krogh Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology SectionLecturer: Stan Lindstedt, Regent’s Professor of Biology and Associate Dean, Research, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz. Presentation: “From Tusko to Titin: Giant Insights from Comparative Physiology”Tuesday, April 23, 3:15 p.m.


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About the American Physiological SocietyPhysiology 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 US society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 11,000 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.