17th Annual Iowa Physiological Society Meeting

Des Moines, IA US
September 21, 2013

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, PhD
President, Iowa Physiological Society

Target Audience

Scientists, physician scientists, educators, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.


  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.


TimePresentation and Speaker
8 amRegistration, Breakfast, and Poster Set-Up
8:50 am Opening Remarks

9 am

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, PhD, University of Ottawa

10 amResearch Presentation – Selection from Graduate Student Abstracts
10:15 amResearch Presentation – Selection from Graduate Student Abstracts
10:30 am 

American Physiological Society Address in Research Advocacy: Advocacy for Physiological Research
T. Richard Nichols, PhD, Georgia Technical Institute

11:30 am Continuing Discussions and Poster Viewing
12 pmLunch and Poster Viewing
1:30 pm

Research Presentation: The G Protein-Coupled Estrogen Receptor 1 in Ca2+/Calmodulin-Dependent Signaling in the Vasculature
Kim Tran, MD, PhD, Des Moines University

2 pm

Research Presentation: Autonomic and Angiotensinergic Mechanisms in Muscular Dystrophy and Associated Cardiomyopathy
Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, University of Iowa

2:15 pmResearch Presentation - Selection from Graduate Student Abstracts
2:30 pm

Research Presentation: Targeting Inflammation in Arterial Aging in Humans: Translational Physiology
Gary Pierce, PhD, University of Iowa

3 pm

Research Presentation: Autophagy and the Metabolic Phenotype of Skeletal Muscle
Vitor Lira, PhD, University of Iowa

3:30 pm

Teaching Presentation: Outcomes of a Research-Based Approach to Undergraduate Human Physiology Laboratory
Jackie Brittingham, PhD, Simpson College

3:45 pm

Teaching Presentation: Repeated Testing Increases Lab Performance and Preparedness
Justin Brown, PhD, Simpson College

4 pm

Keynote Address in Physiology Education: How to Get Your Students Attention Without Wearing a Clown Suit
Bryon Wiegand, PhD, University of Missouri

5 pmPoster Award Presentations and Closing Remarks
5:15 pm IPS Board Meeting

Keynote Speakers

Bernard J. Jasmin, PhD
Professor and Vice-Dean of Research, University of Ottawa

Richard Nichols, PhD
Professor, Chair of Applied Physiology at Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bryon Wiegand, PhD
Associate Professor, Animal Sciences, University of Missouri

Abstract Guidelines

We are excited to announce the IPS Meeting will be offering a poster session and all students and faculty attending are invited to participate.


Faculty, students and trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts. There is no limit on the number of abstracts a person can submit. Prizes of $200, $100 and $50 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?
  • Deadline to register your poster and submit your abstract is:  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 program, posters must be displayed in the Olson Medical Education Center by 9:00 a.m. and removed at the end of the meeting.


Registration will include continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon refreshment, and program syllabus. Registration will close on September 27, 2012.


  • 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 must be received in writing at cme@dmu.edu.
  • A nonrefundable administrative fee of $10 will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be given three (3) business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Cancelled registrations can be transferred to another individual for the same activity. 
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not receive any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to any other activity. 
Course summary
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Event starts: 
09/21/2013 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/21/2013 - 5:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Medical Education Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States


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