23rd Annual Iowa Physiological Society Meeting

Des Moines, IA US
September 15, 2018



  • Students - $25
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellows - $45
  • Other Professionals - $75

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Dear Colleagues,

The 23rd Annual Iowa Physiological Society (IPS) meeting will be held on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at Des Moines University.  This meeting provides an excellent opportunity for physiologists and trainees from Iowa and neighboring states to present their research, exchange scientific ideas, and network with other scientists and clinicians in the region. We have put together an exciting program this year that includes a vibrant group of speakers doing cutting-edge research in their respective disciplines.  Trainees will have ample opportunities to present their work and compete for undergraduate and graduate awards for the best poster and oral presentations.

This year’s meeting will feature keynote presentations during the morning session on the gut microbiome and physiology education.  Also during the morning, a select group of six trainees will give 5-minute oral presentations highlighting their work. After lunch, we will continue with two concurrent special interest sessions in the areas of neuro-immune interactions and exercise physiology. At the conclusion of these special interest sessions, two separate career development panel discussions for trainees and junior faculty will round out the day’s programming. 

On behalf of the IPS Executive Board and the Organizing Committee, I cordially invite you to attend this exciting regional event!

LiLian Yuan, PhD
President, Iowa Physiological Society

Organizing Committee

  • Francesca Di Sole, PhD
  • James A. Lang, PhD
  • Noah Marcus, PhD

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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.


Subject to change. 

8 amRegistration, Breakfast, and Poster Set-Up
8:25 amOpening Remarks
LiLian Yuan, PhD, IPS President
8:30 amStudent Oral Presentations
Session Chair: James A. Lang, PhD, Iowa State University
8:30 amVascular Reactivity in Male and Female Rats During Sensitization-Induced Hypertension 
Lucas Blumenschein, DO’21, Des Moines University
8:35 amPGC-1α Overexpression Increases Lysosome Abundance and Autophagy in Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle
Hannah R. Spaulding, Iowa State University
8:40 amChronic Pain Effects on the Gut Microbiome
Matthew Lampeter, DO’21, Des Moines University
8:45 amDifferential Antineoplastic Effects of Metformin Against Kidney Cancer
Ronald Frantz, Drake University
8:50 amEffects of Acute BEMER® Treatment on Muscle Performance and Cutaneous Microvascular Function
Behnia Rezazadeh Shirazi, Iowa State University
8:55 amChronic Intermittent Hypoxia Augments Chemoreflex Control of Renal Blood Flow and Promotes Renal Inflammation
Stephanie C. E. Twohey, Des Moines University
9 amQuestions
9:15 am

Keynote Presentation - Microbial Endocrinology: Why the Intersection of Microbiology and Neurobiology Matters to Health
Mark Lyte, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP), Iowa State University

  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate the role that neurochemicals have in the ability of gut microbes to affect susceptibility to infectious disease as well as influence behavior.  
  • Describe the pathways by which gut microbiota can influence behavior through the microbiota-gut-brain axis. 
  • Describe the role that nutrition has in the ability of gut microbiota to produce neurochemicals that can influence host physiology. 
10:15 amPoster Session I
11:30 am

Education Keynote Presentation - Teaching Beyond the Facts: What Else Do We Need to Teach Our Students?
Erica Wehrwein, PhD, Michigan State University

  • Review the perspectives of employers regarding the preparation we have provided our trainees entering the workforce.
  • Identify current trends in education towards inclusion of employability and professional skills training in the curriculum.
  • Gain insight into existing models of professional skills training in courses and curriculum.
12:15 pmLunch
1 pm

Special Interest Sessions: Neuro-Immune Interactions

Location: Back Room

Session Chair: Vanja Duric, PhD, Des Moines University

  • Neuroimmune Interaction in Epilepsy and Pain, Long-Jun Wu, PhD, Mayo Clinic
  • Neuroinflammation Associated Cell Signaling Events as Novel Translational Drug Targets for Parkinson’s Disease, Arthi Kanthasamy, PhD, Iowa State University
  • Menopausal-Induced Hypertension: Investigating the Controller When Estrogen is Gone, Maria J. Barnes, PhD, Des Moines University
  • Reno-Protection Mediated by Central Action of Leptin in Menopausal Rat Model, Francesca Di Sole, PhD, Des Moines University

Special Interest Sessions: Exercise Physiology

Location: Main Room

Session Chair: Noah Marcus, PhD, Des Moines University

  • Effects of a Single Bout of Heat on Autophagy and Insulin Signaling in Skeletal Muscle Cells, Rudy Valentine, PhD, Iowa State University
  • Muscle Blood Flow Control in Human Obesity: Rest vs Exercise, Bill Schrage, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Unexpected Physiological Responses to Changing Environmental Oxygen, Melissa Bates, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Effects of Age and Acute Exercise on Biomarkers of Angiogenesis, Meredith Luttrell, PhD, Drake University
2:50 pmPoster Session II
4 pm

Career Development Sessions: Panel Discussion 1 (for Trainees) - Navigating Careers in Biomedical Sciences

Location: Back Room

  • Mark Chapleau, PhD, University of Iowa
  • Jackie Brittingham, PhD, Simpson College
  • Matthew Henry, PhD, Des Moines University
  • Teresa Aoki, MD, FCCP, Des Moines University

Career Development Sessions: Panel Discussion 2 (for Principal Investigators) - Effective Career Management

Location: Main Room

  • Arthi Kanthasamy, PhD, Iowa State University
  • Long-Jun Wu, PhD, Mayo Clinic
  • Bill Schrage, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Craige Wrenn, PhD, Drake University
4:50 pm

Awards and Closing Remarks

5:30 pmIPS Board Meeting

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, September 5.

View an abstract example. 

We welcome abstracts of experimental biology and case studies from multiple areas of Physiology including, but not limited to:

  • Autonomic
  • Cardiovascular
  • Cell/Molecular
  • Central Nervous System
  • Educational Research
  • Endocrine
  • Exercise
  • Gut
  • Musculoskeletal and Integument
  • Renal
  • Respiratory 

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, September 7.
  • 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.
  • Odd numbered posters will be judged from 10:15 - 11:30 am. 
  • Even numbered posters will be judged from 2:50 - 4 pm. 
  • 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 September 28.



Teresa Aoki, MD, FCCP
Associate Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University

Maria J. Barnes, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Nutrition Department, Des Moines University

Melissa Bates, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Physiology, University of Iowa

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

Mark W. Chapleau, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa

Francesca Di Sole, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Des Moines University

Vanja Duric, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Des Moines University

Matthew Henry, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Des Moines University

Arthi Kanthasamy, PhD
Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Iowa State University

James A. Lang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Iowa State University

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Meredith Luttrell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Drake University

Mark Lyte, PhD, MS, MT(ASCP)
Department of Vet Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, Iowa State University

Bill Schrage, PhD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rudy Valentine, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Iowa State University

Erica Wehrwein, PhD
Department of Physiology, Michigan State University

Craige Wrenn, PhD
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, Drake University

Long-Jun Wu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic


Past Meetings


Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support!


Chapter Officers

  • President: LiLian Yuan, PhD, Des Moines University  
  • Past President: Rasna Sabharwal, PhD, FAHA, University of Iowa 
  • President-Elect (2018): Melissa Bates, PhD, University of Iowa                                        
  • President-Elect (2019): Noah J. Marcus, PhD, Des Moines University 
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Francesca Di Sole, PhD, Des Moines University

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/15/2018 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/15/2018 - 5:30pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


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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. 

Available Credit

  • 4.50 CE Contact Hour(s)


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Registration fees include IPS membership valued at $10 per year. Students receive free IPS membership. 

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.