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17th Annual Iowa Physiological Society Meeting

Saturday, September 21 at 9:00 AM
Des Moines University, Olsen Center, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

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Dear colleagues,


The steering committee and I would like to personally invite you to attend the 17th annual meeting of the Iowa Physiological Society, to be held on Saturday, September 21st at Des Moines University. The Iowa Physiological Society is a local affiliate of the American Physiological Society.  As such, the IPS is devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences across the State and region.  This year’s meeting will feature talks and discussions covering a range of physiological topics from the molecular to the organismal and include basic and applied research.

The keynote address in Physiological Research will be delivered by Bernard Jasmin, Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa.  The APS is also sponsoring T. Richard Nichols, Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology who will lead a discussion regarding research advocacy.  The Harman Endowment has sponsored Bryon Wiegand, Ph.D. from the University of Missouri to deliver our keynote address in Physiology Education.    Further, the meeting will feature a number of additional speakers from across the state.

I invite abstract submission from faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students. Abstracts can be in either physiological research or education. We are happy to announce that there will be poster competition for graduate and undergraduate students, with awards to first, second and third place finishers in each category.

I look forward to your participation in the program and a successful meeting!


Joshua Selsby, Ph.D.
President, Iowa Physiological Society

Target audience

Scientists, physician scientists, educators, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. You do not need to be a member of the Iowa Physiological Society to attend.


  1. Identify physiological changes caused by dystrophin deficiency
  2. Engage in a meaningful discussion regarding the importance of animals for research
  3. Describe cardiovascular function in health and disease


Subject to change.

8 a.m. Breakfast, Registration, and Poster Set-Up
8:50 a.m.               Opening Remarks
9 a.m.

Keynote Address in Physiological Research

Rationally Designing Novel Therapeutics for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy:  From Basic Science Discoveries to Pre-Clinical and Clinical Studies

Bernard J. Jasmin, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

10 a.m.

Research Presentation – Selection from Graduate Student Abstracts

10:15 a.m.

Research Presentation – Selection from Graduate Student Abstracts

10:30 a.m.

American Physiological Society Address in Research Advocacy

Advocacy for Physiological Research

T. Richard Nichols, Ph.D., Georgia Technical Institute

11:30 a.m. Continuing Discussions and Poster Viewing
12 p.m. Lunch and Poster Viewing
1:30 p.m.

Research Presentation

The G Protein-Coupled Estrogen Receptor 1 in Ca2+/Calmodulin-Dependent Signaling in the Vasculature

Kim Tran, M.D., Ph.D., Des Moines University

2 p.m.

Research Presentation

Autonomic and Angiotensinergic Mechanisms in Muscular Dystrophy and Associated Cardiomyopathy

Rasna Sabharwal, Ph.D., University of Iowa

2:15 p.m. Research PresentationSelection from Graduate Student Abstracts
2:30 p.m.

Research PresentationTargeting Inflammation in Arterial Aging in Humans: Translational Physiology

Gary Pierce, Ph.D., University of Iowa

3 p.m.    

Research Presentation

Autophagy and the Metabolic Phenotype of Skeletal Muscle

Vitor Lira, Ph.D., University of Iowa

3:30 p.m.  

Teaching Presentation

Outcomes of a Research-Based Approach to Undergraduate Human Physiology Laboratory

Jackie Brittingham, Ph.D., Simpson College

3:45 p.m.

Teaching Presentation

Repeated Testing Increases Lab Performance and Preparedness

Justin Brown, Ph.D., Simpson College

4 p.m.    

Keynote Address in Physiology Education

How to Get Your Students Attention Without Wearing a Clown Suit

Bryon Wiegand, Ph.D., University of Missouri

5 p.m. Poster Award Presentations and Closing Remarks
5:15 – 6 p.m. IPS Board Meeting

Guest speakers

Bernard J. Jasmin, Ph.D.Bernard J. Jasmin, Ph.D.

Professor and vice-dean of Research, University of Ottawa

Research interests and publications

Richard Nichols, Ph.D. T. Richard Nichols, Ph.D.

Professor, chair of Applied Physiology at Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Research interests and publications

wiegandBryon Wiegand, Ph.D.

Associate professor, Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Research interests and publications

Abstract/poster session guidelines

Faculty, students and trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts. There is no limit on the number of abstracts a person can submit. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in both the undergraduate and graduate poster competition categories. Competing posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Layout:  Does the overall layout of the poster facilitate comprehension of the research?
  • Abstract:  Is the abstract an accurate summary of the work?
  • Question:  Is there a clear statement of the question, hypothesis or purpose?
  • Methods:  Are the methods presented clearly and completely?
  • Results:  Is there a logical presentation of the results with clear descriptive headers for each section?
  • Figures:  Are figures and tables easy to read and interpret?
  • Conclusions:  Are the conclusions appropriate and distinct from the summary of results?
  • Oral presentation:  Is the verbal presentation well organized, appropriate for the target audience, complete, and concise?
  • Response to questions:  Are the answers to questions accurate and focused?
  • Overall:  How well do the poster and the verbal presentation convey the project as important scientific research?

All abstracts will be published in the meeting program. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1″ left border. 1″ remaining borders
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Justification: Left
  • Abstract body length: No more than 250 words
  • Type the title first, using title casing.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles and species names. Italicize scientific names of organisms.
  • List all authors, institutional affiliations and short addresses (city and state only).
  • Asterisk and bold the author delivering the paper.

Deadline to register your poster and submit your abstract is Friday, September 13, 2013.

Poster guidelines

Posters should be no more than 5′ wide and 4′ high. Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite. On the day of the meeting, posters must be displayed in the Olson Medical Education Center by 9:00 a.m. and removed at the end of the meeting.

Iowa Chapter of The American Physiological Society

Joshua Selsby, Ph.D.
Animal Sciences, Iowa State University
Past president
Kim Tran, M.D., Ph.D.
Physiology and Pharmacology, Des Moines University
Jackie Brittingham, Ph.D.
Biology, Simpson College
Harald M. Stauss, M.D., Ph.D.
Integrative Physiology, University of Iowa
Board member
Michael C. Lyons, Ph.D.
Biology, Grand View University
Board member

Julia A. Moffitt, Ph.D.
Kinesiology, St. Ambrose University


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Harman Endowment


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Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshment, and meeting syllabus.

  • Students – $25.00
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellows – $35.00
  • IPS Professional Members – $50.00
  • Non-IPS Members and other professionals – $60.00

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations/refund requests (minus a 25% administrative fee), must be received in writing at least seven (7) business days prior to the CM
    E activity starting date.
  • For cancellations received less than seven (7) business days prior to the activity starting date, a 50% administrative fee will apply.
  • You may transfer your registration fee to a colleague if you contact the DMU CME office three (3) business days prior to the activity starting date.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent activities.

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