21st Annual Iowa Physiological Society Meeting

Des Moines, IA US
October 29, 2016


  • Students - $25
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellows - $35
  • Current IPS Professional Members - $50
  • New IPS Members or Returning Members - $60
    • INCLUDES annual membership fee at a special discounted rate of $10.
  • Non-IPS Members and Other Professionals - $65
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Please note these important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: Wednesday, October 19 (abstract submission has closed)
  • Notification of oral presentations: Friday, October 21


Dear Colleagues,

I would like to personally invite you to the 21st annual Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) meeting to be held on Saturday, October 29th at Des Moines University.  This meeting provides an excellent presentation opportunity for physiologists from multiple disciplines ranging from basic to applied research and molecular to systems physiology.  Attending this event is a fantastic way to network and collaborate with other investigators in the region.  

An exciting program is in place this year!  We have a vibrant group of speakers doing cutting-edge work in their respective disciplines.  A new student presentation format will be implemented that is fast-paced and allows for more oral presentation opportunities.  We will have group activities in teaching and career development led by individuals with very striking and unique experiences and perspectives.  Lastly, we have at least 6 cash awards (as much as $200 will be awarded) for student poster and oral presentations!  

On behalf of the board, we encourage you to consider IPS as a regular presentation target for your work in the fall.  There are many opportunities for students (grad and undergrad), postdocs, and faculty to present and become more involved with the chapter.  We can proudly state that Iowa was the first chapter created and we have a dynamic group committed to maintaining it as a model chapter in the APS organization. 

James A. Lang, PhD
President, Iowa Physiological Society

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.


Subject to change. 

8 am Registration, Breakfast, and Poster Set-Up
8:40 am Opening Remarks
8:45 am

Anti-Inflammatory Effects Contribute to the Vasoprotective Actions of Chronic Vagal Nerve Stimulation in Hypertensive Rats
Brianna K. Tan, The University of Iowa

8:50 amRenal Inflammatory Response Mediated by Chronic Pain and Related Stress
Brittany B. Duong, Des Moines University
8:55 amArterial Pulse Wave Velocity is Increased in Prematurely-Born Adults and Rats Given Neonatal Supplemental Oxygen
Matthew Peters, The University of Iowa
9 amInhibition of BMP2-Inducible Kinase (BMP2K) Reduces Hypoxia/Reoxygenation Injury and Decreases Autophagic Flux in H9c2 Cells
Samuel Engman, Des Moines University
9:05 amLipopolysaccharide Induces TLR4 Dependent Activation of VRAC (LRRC8) in Nodose Neurons and May thereby Impair Satiety Signal
Runping Wang, The University of Iowa
9:10 amDysfunctional Autophagy is Independent of Disease Progression in Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle
Hannah Spaulding, Iowa State University
9:15 amQuestions
9:30 am 

Research Keynote Presentation: A View From the Top - Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases in Obesity
Colin N. Young, PhD, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

  • Discuss the public health relevance of obesity.
  • Emphasize the role of the central nervous system in metabolic and cardiovascular regulation, in both health and disease.
  • Interpret recent basic science findings focused on targeting the brain to treat metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.
10:30 amBreak, Poster Viewing, and Sponsor Tables
Odd numbered posters will be judged. 
11:15 am

Teaching Keynote Presentation: Learning is the Last Thing We Do
Eric (Rick) M. Mills, DVM, PhD, LMSW, WhenKnowingMatters.com

Memorization, understanding, and recall are essential for learning, but not sufficient. Learning requires the application of what is memorized and understood. This keynote will cover principles that underlie the design and implementation of effective applied learning activities. Topics will include expertise, mental schemas, cognitive load, context-applied learning, framework-assisted thinking, and the relationship between real-world tasks and learning-world activities. All content from the presentation can be implemented immediately by using either a paper-based format, or the free version of the Applied Learning Platform, which is available at WhenKnowingMatters.com.

12 pm Lunch, Poster Viewing, and Sponsor Tables
1 pm 

Research Presentation: Effects of Stress on Brain-Gut-Microbiome Axis
LiLian Yuan, PhD, Des Moines University

  • Introduce the latest progresses in the field of brain-gut interactions through microbiome.
  • Present results from ongoing projects in the lab with regard to stress effects on the brain-gut-microbiome axis.
  • Discuss future directions of research and potential applications.
1:30 pm

Research Presentation: Post-Exercise Vasodilation - Role of Histamine, Age, and Training Status
Meredith Luttrell, PhD, Drake University

  • Determine the effect of age on sustained post-exercise vasodilation.
  • Determine the contribution of histamine H1 and H2 receptors to sustained post-exercise vasodilation in older adults. 
  • Compare this histamine receptor mediated response in young and older untrained and endurance trained adults.
2 pm Break, Poster Viewing, and Sponsor Tables
Even numbered posters will be judged. 
2:45 pm 

Research Advocacy Presentation: Advocacy for Science - Making a Compelling and Understandable Case
Kevin Kregel, PhD, University of Iowa

  • Develop an understanding of suggested approaches to building public support for biomedical science research.
  • Gain an understanding of federal funding activities related to biomedical research and the potential impact of this funding support on individuals.
  • Understand mechanisms available for engaging legislators and policy-makers on issues involving biomedical research.
3:30 pm

Group A: Creating Interactive Applied Learning Activities Using the Free Version of the Applied Learning Platform
Moderator:  Eric (Rick) M. Mills, DVM, PhD, LMSW    

Attendees of this workshop will learn how to apply framework-assisted thinking, and the principles outline in the keynote address to create and deliver interactive applied learning activities. This will be accomplished using the free version of the Applied Learning Platform, which is available at WhenKnowingMatters.com. Attendees with laptops and Internet access can follow along by creating activities from their own case scenarios and course materials. Attendees are encouraged to collaborate in groups and ask questions.

Group B: Finding Significance - Careers in Research
Moderators: Catharine Young, PhD, TED Fellow, British Embassy, Jackie Brittingham, PhD, Simpson College, and Robert S. Clements, MS, DPM'20, Podiatry Student, Des Moines University

4:30 pmPoster Award Social and Closing Remarks
5:30 pmIPS Board Meeting


Jackie Brittingham, PhD
Professor of Biology, Head of the Division of Natural Science, Simpson College

Jackie Brittingham Biography

Robert Clements, DPM'20
Podiatry Student, Des Moines University

Kevin C. Kregel, PhD
Associate Provost for Faculty, Professor and Collegiate Fellow, University of Iowa

Kevin Kregel's Biography

Meredith Luttrell profile picture

Meredith Luttrell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Drake University

Meredith Luttrell Biography

Rick M. Mills Photo

Eric (Rick) M. Mills, DVM, PhD, LMSW 
Software Developer, Applied Learning Platform for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills, WhenKnowingMatters.com

Rick Mills Biography

Colin Young Photo

Colin N. Young, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Colin Young Biography

Catharine Young Photo

Catharine Young, PhD
TED Fellow, British Embassy

Catharine Young Biography

LiLian Yuan Photo

LiLian Yuan, PhD
Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Des Moines University

LiLian Yuan Biography

Abstract Guidelines

Faculty and students are encouraged to submit abstracts. There is no limit on the number of abstracts a person can submit. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in both the undergraduate and graduate poster competition categories. The deadline to register your poster and submit your abstract is Wednesday, October 19

View an abstract example. 

We welcome abstracts from multiple areas including, but not limited to:

  • Autonomic
  • Cardiovascular
  • Cell/Molecular
  • CNS
  • Educational Research
  • Endocrine
  • Gut
  • Musculoskeletal and Integument
  • Renal
  • Respiratory Physiology

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. View an abstract example. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1.25″ 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).
  • Bold the author delivering the paper.

Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract.

  • Does the abstract clearly state the aim of the project (i.e. a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  • Is the significance of work clearly stated?
  • If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
  • Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
  • Is the abstract written clearly and organized well?

Oral Presentations

  • Six students will be selected to give an oral presentation introducing their poster. Presentations are limited to five minutes and five slides (not including the title slide and references). 
  • If your abstract was selected, you will be notified by Friday, October 21.
  • Oral presenters are also requested to present a poster. 
  • A moderator keeps track of your presentation time and may also facilitate the discussion. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. If you prefer to use a MAC computer or have video files, arrangements must be made prior to the program and you will be responsible for bringing an adapter. Presentation and video files should be stored on a USB drive.


Poster Presentations

  • Posters should be no more than 5′ wide and 4′ high.
  • Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite.
  • Posters are displayed throughout the day. Please do not remove your poster until the end of the day’s activities.
  • Posters must be hung by 8 am and removed by 5:30 pm. If you’re able, please hang your poster as early as possible as we encourage people to view them the entire day.
  • Prepare and practice a short summary speech—no more than 3 minutes—about your project. This is an excellent networking opportunity, so it is important to speak and interact professionally. You will receive lots of feedback and exposure as well.
  • Any remaining posters will be kept in the DMU CME office (AC #430) until November 11.


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Chapter Officers for 2016-2017

  • President: James A. Lang, PhD, Des Moines University
  • Vice President: Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, FAHA, University of Iowa
  • Past President: Michael Lyons, PhD, Waukee APEX
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, FAHA

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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. 

Hotel Accommodations

There are numerous hotels available in the Des Moines area. Below are a few options located downtown (close to campus), near the airport and west of Des Moines. Some hotels offer shuttle service to DMU, but you must inquire with the hotel directly. Some hotels may offer a discount (based on availability). Mention DMU to your hotel to see if a discount may be available. View a list of hotel options. 



Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/29/2016 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/29/2016 - 5:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 4.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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