Brian R. Duling

67th APS President (1994-1995)
Brian R. Duling
(b. 1937-2013)

Brian R. Duling is the 67th President of the American Physiological Society, succeeding William Dantzler. Duling has been active in Society affairs since 1971.

He was born in Pueblo, Colorado, and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado. He received his PhD from the University of Iowa in 1967. His PhD training was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship with Robert M. Berne at the University of Virginia. Duling has remained at the University of Virginia, where he is now Professor of Physiology and the Director of the Cardiovascular Research Center. He is currently the holder of the Robert M. Berne Chair in Cardiovascular Research.

Duling has been an active member of the Society, participating in a variety of committees and in governance. He has served on the Membership Committee, the Education Committee, the Committee on Committees, and the Awards Committee. He was president of the Cardiovascular Section in 1986 and served on Council from 1989 to 1992. Duling has been active in a variety of other organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Microcirculation Society, of which he was president in 1984. He served on the Cardiovascular B Study Section from 1979 to 1983. Duling is the recipient of a number of professional awards, including the Established Investigators Award of the American Heart Association, the Robert Bennett Bean Award for Teaching Excellence, Von Humboldt Fellowship, the Philip P. Dow Award, the Philip Bard Award, the George Brown Award, the Eugene Landis Award, the Abbott Award, and recently, a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Duling has been active in both research and teaching. His classroom activities include the teaching of renal, cardiovascular, and respiratory physiology to medical students, and a variety of graduate courses on the microcirculation and on vascular biology. Duling's research has focused on the interaction between oxygen utilization and regulation of blood flow. He has authored 130 publications in the field. His particular contributions have focused mainly on the role of oxygen in regulating vasomotor tone and on the microvascular determinants of tissue oxygen delivery. The most recent research concerns the role of the glycocalyx in regulating red cell distribution, the cellular basis for conducted vasomotion in the arteriolar wall.