20th Annual Iowa Physiological Society Meeting

Des Moines, IA US
April 25, 2015


  • Students – $25
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellows – $35
  • IPS Professional Members – $50
  • Non-IPS Members and Other Professionals – $65
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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. Exchange the latest progresses in the field of physiological research and education.
  2. Exchange best approaches to meet the current challenges in physiological education at different environments.
  3. Discuss challenges to doing research at different environments in the current climate of funding and ways to meet those challenges.
  4. Enhance communication, interaction and collaboration among scientists, educators and students via the above activities.


TimePresentation and Speaker
8 amRegistration, Breakfast, and Poster Set-Up
9 amOpening Remarks

9:05 am


Research Presentation: Contribution of Cyclooxygenase and Reactive Oxygen Species to Cerebral Dilation in Human Metabolic Syndrome
John Harrell, PhD, Drake University

9:40 am

Keynote Research Address: The Baroreceptor Reflex: From Sensors to Sympathetic Neurons, and Beyond
Mark Chapleau, PhD, University of Iowa

10:40 am                   Break and Poster Viewing
11:30 amKeynote Education Address: Case-Based and Problem-Based Learning in Physiology 
Barb Goodman, PhD, University of South Dakota
12:30 pmLunch and Poster Viewing
1:30 pm

Group A: Faculty and Graduate Student Workshop

How to Contribute Scholarly Activity in Education

Facilitator: Barb Goodman, PhD

Group B: Undergraduate Student Workshop

Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Summer REUs and How to Apply

Facilitator: Sriram Sundararajan, PhD, Iowa State University

2:15 pmHighlights from Group Discussions
2:30 pm

Effects of Chronic Pain on Activation of Inflammatory Brain Mechanisms and Development of Depressive-Like Behaviors
Misty Carder, MBS'18, Des Moines University

3 pm

The Effect of Celiac and Renal Denervation in Angiotensin-Induced Hypertension
Anne Turco, Luther College

3:30 pmBreak and Poster Viewing
4:15 pmA Novel Approach to Incorporating Research into an Anatomy and Physiology Course Using Culturally Competent Strategies
Juanita Limas, MS, Kirkwood Community College
4:45 pmPoster Award Presentations and Closing Remarks
5 pmAdjourn
5:15 - 6 pm                            

IPS Board Meeting
All members of the IPS are invited to attend.


Mark Chapleau, PhD
Professor, Internal Medicine, Physiology, Biophysics, Cardiology, University of Iowa

Barb Goodman, PhD
Professor of  Physiology, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota

John Harrell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Biomedical, and Administrative Sciences, Drake University

Juanita Limas, MS
Anatomy and Physiology/Nutrition, LSAMP-IINSPIRE Director, Kirkwood Community College



Sriram Sundararajan, PhD
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Equity Advisor for the College of Engineering, Iowa State University


Abstract Guidelines

The deadline to register your poster and submit your abstract is Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 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.

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 am and removed at the end of the meeting.

IPS Bowling Social (BYOB)

Dust off those bowling shows and join your fellow IPS meeting attendees for a night of bowling, laughs, and fun!  If you’re not a bowler….no problem!  Come anyway to meet and socialize with other attendees! 

Plaza Lanes Family Fun Center
2701 Douglas Avenue
Bowling ball and pins515-255-1111

Begins at 8 pm. (Buy Your Own Bowling)

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. 

Additional Information



Chapter Officers for 2014-2015

  • President:  Michael Lyons, PhD, Iowa State University
  • Vice President:  James Lang, PhD, Des Moines University
  • Past President:  Jackie Brittingham, PhD, Simpson College
  • Secretary/Treasurer:  Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, University of Iowa 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/25/2015 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/25/2015 - 5:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 5.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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