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APS Contact: Donna Krupa


Phone: 301.634.7209

Twitter: @Phyziochick

Research Physiologists Convene For 120th Annual Meeting

Scientists meeting at the Washington, DC Convention Center

April 28-May 2, 2007

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE: The American Physiological Society (APS) ( convenes its 120th annual meeting April 28 - May 2, 2007 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. More than 100 lectures and 2,800 scientific poster presentations will be offered to some 12,000 conference participants over five days. Members of the press are invited to attend the gathering, which is part of the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting.  

BACKGROUND:  Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function to create health or disease. For more than a century, physiology researchers have made landmark discoveries that have lead to improvements in human health and longevity. Early discoveries include the finding that certain organic substances -- now called vitamins -- are important to health and the discovery of insulin. 

More recently, scientists shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1998) for work in discovering the role of nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the body. Their experiments found that this volatile chemical is vital to controlling blood pressure. A later Prize (2001) was awarded to another team for its discovery of the mechanism that regulates cell growth, division and death. The research will be applied to tumor diagnostics.

Going forward, research into physiology will further expand our knowledge of how genes, proteins and other molecules shape the behavior of individual cells and tissues, and how entire organ systems are integrated into a whole. As a result of these discoveries, better treatments for disease and the elimination of some disorders are likely.  

We invite you to join us at this year’s conference to hear more about:

  • forensic medicine
  • biomarkers of acute kidney injury
  • respiratory control in insects
  • the strange life of the six muscles that move the eyeball
  • pharmacogenetics of estrogen and cardiovascular disease and
  • linking noncoding DNA to biology and disease.

WHAT IS THE APS? The APS is a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. From its beginnings in 1887 the Society has grown to more than 10,500 members today. 

In addition to being a member-based organization, APS is a premier not-for-profit publisher in the life sciences community whose publications are among the most respected and frequently cited in the world. APS publishes 13 widely acclaimed scholarly journals and recently posted over 650,000 pages of historical scientific studies online, some dating back to the year 1898.   

MEDIA CONTACT: The findings from select research presentations, lectures and symposia will be provided in separate news releases and offered to the press on an embargoed basis on or before April 26, 2007. The releases will also be available on the APS homepage,, on Monday, April 30, 2007.  For further information, please contact either Donna Krupa at 301.634.7209 (office) or 703.967.2751 (cell) or

ONSITE NEWSROOM: Members of the media are invited to attend the conference. An onsite newsroom at the Washington, DC Convention Center will be open for the press during the following hours:

Sat. 4/28:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 3:00 – 5:00 PM   
Sun. 4/29:  12:00 – 5:00 PM  
Mon. 4/30:   9:00 AM 12:00 PM and 2:00 – 5:00 PM 
Tue. 5/1:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed. 5/2: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The meeting is open to representatives of the press, including those from print, broadcast, radio and online media. Passes will be issued to members of the working press and freelance writers bearing a letter of assignment from their editor on publication letterhead. Representatives of allied fields (public information, public affairs, public relations) may register as nonmembers at the nonmember conference rate. For further information please contact Donna Krupa at

Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.