Once in a Lifetime?

Brazil 2017

There are times when a "once in a lifetime" opportunity opens up. IUPS 2017 is going to be just such an opportunity for the physiological sciences to influence the impact and funding of our subject for a long time to come.

For some time now IUPS has been pursuing the mission to "return physiology to centre stage". This was one of the reasons that the Birmingham 2013 Congress was so exciting. You could feel a buzz, an optimism about our subject, everywhere. That feeling is growing. One of the member societies has published its carefully researched Report on the Health of Physiology. The report was immediately taken up by IUPS and is being extended by its Board of the General Assembly, now chaired by Jayasree Sengupta of India, to survey reactions from physiologists around the world. 

At the same time, the President, Denis Noble, has been devoting almost all his extensive lecturing schedule around the world to the Mission. One outcome of that initiative was a landmark meeting on New Trends in Evolutionary Biology, held recently by the national academies in the UK, The Royal Society and the British Academy. A feeling for the significance of that meeting for the physiological sciences in particular can be seen in a videoed lecture held in London just after the national academies meeting and hosted by the UK & Ireland Physiological Society. 

Both behind and on the scenes in Rio this year this process will continue. If the world of the physiological sciences can take hold of the sense of change that is occurring we could be experiencing a once in a lifetime opportunity to shift opinion on the centrality of our Mission, and in due course, funding. 

The President and other officers will be all too eager during the Congress to makes themselves available for discussion. Don't miss out!!

See you in Rio

IUPS Executive

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IUPS Council Nominees Announced

May 1, 2017

The IUPS Nominations Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of nominees to serve on the IUPS Executive Committee and Council for the 2017-2021 term:

Executive Committee

President: Julie Chan, Taiwan

1st Vice President: Susan Wray, United Kingdom

2nd Vice President: Peter Hunter, New Zealand

Secretary-General: Ulrich Pohl, Germany

Treasurer: Patricia Molina, United States


Nobel Laureate Roger D. Kornberg to deliver Fenn Lecture at 2017 IUPS Congress

Jan. 31, 2017

The IUPS is proud to announce that Nobel Laureate Dr. Roger D. Kornberg will be delivering the Fenn Lecture at the 2017 International Congress of Physiological Sciences in Rio de Jeneiro, Brazil hosted by SBFis. The Fenn Lecture will be the closing Plenary Lecture of the Congress, capping off a week of scientific meetings that will start on August 1 with a plenary lecture by fellow Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath.

Dr. Kornberg was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for is studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription”

Call for Proposals to Host the 2025 IUPS Congress

Jan. 3, 2017

The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) invites proposals to host the 2025 International Congress of Physiological Sciences. Instructions for submissions can be found on the IUPS website: http://iups.org/congresses/host-a-congress/.

IUPS Travel Award Program to facilitate travel to IUPS-2017

Jan. 3, 2017 - April 30, 2017

IUPS is taking applications for Travel Awards to facilitate travel to the 2017 IUPS Congress in Rio de Jeniero, Brazil. More information can be found here: http://www.iups.org/congresses/Travel-Awards/

Amendments to IUPS Constitution and By-Laws Ratified

Dec. 6, 2016

The General Assembly (GA) of the IUPS has ratified the proposed amendments to the IUPS Constitution and By-Laws, with 50 votes in favor versus 0 against as of the close of voting on December 6, 2016. A total of 76 GA members were eligible to cast ballots, 50% of which constitutes a quorum (i.e., 38 votes), with two-thirds required for ratification. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all eligible voters cast a positive vote.

In anticipation of the passage of the new Constitution, the IUPS Nominations Committee has already begun considering nominees to fill the new Council positions. It will release the names of the nominees as soon as the entire slate of nominees has agreed to serve.


Call for Abstracts for 2017 IUPS Congress in Rio de Janeiro

Dec. 1, 2016

The International Scientific Programming Committee (ISPC) and The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announce the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION to the 38th World Congress of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS-2017). This will be a historic meeting of physiologists from all over the world in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At this time, the ISPC and the LOC of IUPS-2017 invite you to submit your abstracts and play an active role on this world congress. The submission of abstracts must follow the guidelines available at the platform for abstract submission, which is open for accepting abstracts from December 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.

Note that the submission of your abstract requires that you be registered for the Congress.


A Message from the President

March 14, 2016

The Landscape of Physiology opens out even further

In the IUPS Editorial published in PHYSIOLOGY on 1st January (http://physiologyonline.physiology.org/content/31/1/2) we highlighted the mission to "return physiology to centre stage" following this theme at the 2013 IUPS Congress and in a video recorded at EB2015 in Boston (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_q_bOWc8i0). The central reason for saying that this mission is possible is that the biological sciences, all of them, are increasingly showing the need for multilevel physiological analysis to enable us to interpret the mountains of molecular data that we now have available. As your President, I have been leading the way on this mission. It is a pleasure therefore to report that later this year, on 7-9th November, the two national academies in the UK, The Royal Society and The British Academy, will be hosting a 3 day meeting on the new trends. The lecture I have agreed to give at the meeting will be on "Evolution viewed from medicine and physiology" so I will be highlighting the enhanced relevance that the Physiological Sciences now have in the interpretation of the central theory of biology, that of evolution.