Editorial – Rio 2017 is Shaping Up as a Great World Congress

Denis Noble (President),1 Julie Chan (First Vice-President),2 Penny Hansen (Second Vice-President),3 Walter Boron (Secretary-General),4 and Peter Wagner (Treasurer)5 1 University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; 2 Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan; 3 Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada; 4 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; and 5 University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California
PHYSIOLOGY 32: 2–4, 2017. Published December 7, 2016; doi:10.1152/physiol.00034.2016

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A cascade of falling dogmas? Brazil 2017 beckons with the theme The Rhythms of Life.
Denis Noble – Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, UK

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APS Travel Award Program

Award: $750 to $1,000
Deadline: April 30, 2017
Contact: Executive Office

APS is seeking applications for travel awards for the XXXVIII IUPS Congress in Rio de Janeiro scheduled for August 1 – 5, 2017.

An Awards Committee will screen the applications, and the awards will be made by APS, which is raising funds for the travel. The travel awards will be for $1,000 to help cover a portion of your airfare to Brazil.

The awards are intended for individuals whose funds for attending the Congress are limited. Federal employees are eligible. Applications from junior investigators (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty/researchers) are strongly encouraged. It is anticipated that more applications will be received than can be funded.  Notification of awards will come in two phases, an initial group of applicants funded in the spring and another group notified during the summer, just prior to the Congress.

To achieve as high a rank as possible, the following factors should be considered:

  • Complete all questions on the application.
  • Provide copies of letters of invitation if you have been invited to the Congress to make a presentation.
  • Provide an indication of participation in the Congress, including presentations and attendance for most or all sessions.
  • Have travel plans that include other professional visits or work.

The deadline for submissions of applications for travel awards is April 30, 2017. The application is available through the APS online award module at

Editorial – IUPS 38th World Congress in the Rhythms of Life

Benedito H. Machado (Co-Chair of ISPC for the IUPS 2017 Congress)
and Vagner R. Antunes (Chair of the LOC for the IUPS 2017 Congress) University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
PHYSIOLOGY 32: 94–95, 2017.
Published February 1, 2017; doi:10.1152/physiol.00001.2017

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International Early-Career Symposium 2017

July 31, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Early Bird Registration was extended up to and including 31st December. This means you will be able to take advantage of the low rate for a little bit longer to register to the 38th World Congress of IUPS 2017. This Early Bird rate offers exceptional value for members of scientific societies, and the advantage to split any registration fee up to 6 parts by using a credit card.

Call for abstracts will be announced soon and the platform for abstracts submission will be open on December 1st. Don’t miss this opportunity! Looking forward to see you in Rio at IUPS 2017!

Vagner R. Antunes
Chair of the LOC-IUPS 2017 – SEPTEMBER 01, 2016


The International Scientific Programing Committee (ISPC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) received today the sad news that Professor Roger Tsien, a Nobel Laureate and a confirmed plenary speaker for the IUPS-2017 Congress, died last week in an accident in USA. This tragic accident with professor Tsien represent for the scientific international community not only the lost of a great, creative and innovative mind, but also a nice and friendly person. On behalf of the ISPC & LOC-IUPS 2017 our deepest condolences to the family.


August 29, 2016 – The 2nd face-to-face meeting of the ISPC for selection of the symposia to be part of the IUPS-2017 Congress occurred on the last August 26 and 27 at the University of SãoPaulo, Brazil. After 2 days of work, the 26 members of the ISPC reached an agreement about those symposia proposals that will be invited to be part of the scientific program of the Congress.

On the next few weeks the co-chairs of the ISPC (Benedito H. Machado and Walter Boron) will be in touch with the proposers of all proposals submitted to the evaluation by the ISPC in order to let they know about the decisions by the ISPC. The final list of symposia that will be part of the program of the IUPS-2017 Congress should be announced in this website on November, 2016.


August 15, 2016 – For more information about this workshop to be held in Búzios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just after the IUPS-2017 Congress, please contact professor Robert G. Carroll (, the chair of the Organizing Committee.


April 18, 2016 – We are pleased to announce the preliminary programme for three exciting sessions at IUPS, exploring the theme: WE ARE EQUAL, BUT DIFFERENT!

These women in science sessions will build on the momentum created by the successful workshops at IUPS meetings in Kyoto (led by Junko Kimura) and Birmingham, (led by Susan Wray).  There is an appetite at IUPS among men and women to discuss gender issues and how they vary with culture and can impact on physiological teaching and research, and to learn from each other.  We wanted to carry these discussions forward in Brazil and develop them. With the evolving landscape of equalities, our idea for this IUPS conference was to move beyond highlighting the undoubted problems, and instead discuss the theme, We are equal but different.  This positive statement embraces the reality of many women’s lives. It also challenges the status quo assumption, that the “male” way of doing things in the workplace and science, is the only or best way of doing things and whether women should aspire to this or forge different routes and realities.

We are planning three sessions. The first will have a selection of presidents of physiological societies from across the globe, telling us about the story of their societies, and the roles played by women and men in their society and doing physiology in their country. They will reflect on whether there is equality but differences and the audience will hear where the inspiring stories come from. The second session will focus on the views of early career researchers, pairing male and female views’ on equality of opportunity and a successful career in physiology in their countries. They and the audience will reflect on whether their answers differ by gender (is it equal but different?), and what would change if  “he becomes she”. The final session is an evening social event entitled “ Inspiration and fun in movies, music and art”. Attendees choose a movie clip, a piece of music or art and say why they like it (or hate it!) with respect to equality and/or science. Bring your coke, beer and popcorn.

By using the international attendees at IUPS we are guaranteed to have an interesting, diverse and informed set of sessions. The sessions are open to all and we would warmly welcome your thoughts, suggestions and volunteering contributions, by emailing the organisers.

Professor Angelina Zanesco
University of Sao Paulo State – Brazil

Professor Susan Wray
University of Liverpool  – UK


March 16, 2016 – The Early Careers Investigators are organizing an already traditional Symposium, which in 2017 will be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro on July 31st, 2017, just before the IUPS-2017 Congress. This International Early-Career Symposium 2017 (IECS 2017) is organized by an international committee of early career physiologists, and will offer an exciting opportunity for young investigators at the start of their career to present their work and network with a global audience. For further information, please contact Dr. Daniel B. Zoccal (, the chair of the organizing committe for the IECS-2017.


March 14, 2016 – In attention to the request by several physiologists from all over the world that were facing technical problems to submit their Symposia proposals throught the Congress electronic platform, the chairs of the International Scientific Programming Committee (ISPC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the IUPS-2017 Congress decided to postpone the deadline for Symposia proposals submission to APRIL 30, 2016. If you are also facing any problem to submit your proposal, please contact IUPS2017@MCI-GROUP.COM


February 25, 2016 – The American Physiological Society (APS) is an important partner of SBFis for the organization of the IUPS-2017 Congress. The APS will provide funds to support a travel award program to enable APS members to attend the Congress in Rio de Janeiro. The APS is also providing logistic support for meetings and advertisement of the IUPS-2017 Congress during the EB-2016 Meeting in San Diego, USA.


February 25, 2016 – The Board of the Scandinavian Physiological Society (SPS) decide to defer their Annual Congress in 2017 in favour of active participation of the SPS members in the IUPS-2017 Congress, in Rio de Janeiro. The Board of the SPS made a clear statement about the importance for Physiologists to interact with colleagues from all over the world at the broad arena that the IUPS-2017 Congress will offer.


February 23, 2016 – The Trustees of The Physiological Society unanimously endorsed the strategic decision to forego its own annual main meeting in 2017 in favour of a substantial commitment to fund lectures, symposia and participants to the IUPS-2017 Congress in Rio de Janeiro. This decision was also strongly endorsed by its membership. With this decision The Society is signalling their strong support to the international nature of Physiology and to the Brazilian Society of Physiology (SBFis), the local host in charge of the organization of the IUPS-2017 Congress.