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IUPS currently represents more than 60 national physiological societies

The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), was founded in 1953 to represent the discipline of physiology in international organizations and give it a global voice. It also provides a platform for worldwide exchange between physiologists of all countries by supporting global and regional scientific events, regional workshops, and supporting, with expertise of its members, the development of regional structures. IUPS especially supports young scientists by offering travel awards to international meetings. IUPS liaises with national physiological societies and other organizations worldwide to facilitate initiatives that strengthen the discipline of physiology and cultivate the next generation physiologists.

Physiology is a basic medical science, it matters to you

Physiology is an exciting science! Physiologists all over the world work hard to get an up to date understanding of the function of organs and the whole body. Modern methods like genomics, molecular biology, cell biology, high resolution microscopy, and carefully developed animal models are used to understand basic cellular processes and their interactions. It is the specific goal of physiologists to link these primarily isolated findings to a comprehensive view of the functions of the body. We want and need to understand how complex biological systems like our body work.

Thus, physiology is a basic medical science as knowledge of normal functions of the body is the basis for understanding diseases and identifying targets for effective treatment.

Did you know that the often cited “Nobel Prize in Medicine” is indeed established as the “Noble Prize in Physiology and Medicine”? This underpins the important role of physiology for all disciplines of modern medicine.

How is IUPS fostering its mission and related goals?

To serve its mission, IUPS has several major activities that are regularly revised and adapted to our long-range strategic planning.

Current major activities include

The development of an IUPS mentoring programme bringing expert peers together with early career physiologists particularly in countries with less developed infrastructure. Teaching workshops and workshops on physiological methods are held on a regular basis, mostly in Africa and Asia. IUPS is promoting the development of advanced computational models of physiological function and standards of worldwide sharing of physiological data and models. To support this focus on the “Physiome Project” the IUPS is also launching an innovative new journal (Physiome) with the goal of improving model reproducibility and sharing in physiological science. To support global interaction between physiologists, IUPS – in conjunction with a national physiological society – organizes an international meeting (IUPS Congress) every four years. IUPS also contributes symposia and travel awards to other physiological meetings worldwide. IUPS is also broadcasting scientific events of potential interest for physiologists.

Media: The Way IUPS is Communicating

IUPS provides a platform to find up-to-date news related to physiology and physiological societies. IUPS publishes two journals, the award winning Physiology (with the American Physiological Society) and Physiome . Physiome publishes computational models in a form that promotes replication and shared use by the scientific community. Our communications include statements by the IUPS and our member societies on important topics including research, human and animal subject ethical standards, diversity, human rights, and social justice. Recommendations on the development of physiological sciences, career development, the appropriate use of methods, study design, statistics, and scientific integrity can also be found on these web pages.

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