Message from the President

It is indeed an honor to receive the enthusiastic endorsement from delegates of the General Assembly at the 38th World Congress of IUPS in Rio de Janeiro to become the President of IUPS for 2017-2021. I feel particularly privileged to be able to work with a stellate group of physiologists on the Executive Committee and Council to provide service to the global physiological community that befits our motto, “Physiology without borders”.

My first order of business as the IUPS President is to extend our warmest congratulations to the Local Organizing Committee, under the leadership of Vagner Antunes and Benedito Machado, on the success of the 38th World Congress of IUPS in Rio de Janeiro. We are delighted to note that this Congress has provided a multitude of platforms for the global physiologists to present, learn and discuss cutting-edge science and education in physiology. The high-quality scientific programs of the Congress were exemplified by the thought-provoking opening and closing Plenary Lectures delivered by two Noble Laureates, Ada Yonath and Roger Kornberg; the cutting-edge Keynote Lectures and the state-of-the-art symposium presentations. We were very much intrigued by the scientific exchanges and interactions generated during the poster presentations. In particular, we were very pleased to witness the enthusiasm from our young generation and those physiologists from the developing countries when they presented their work at the Congress. All these would not have been achieved without the dedication of the Local Organizing Committee, the support from the Brazilian Society of Physiology, and the contribution of the many staff who worked unfailingly behind the scene. We are also indebted to the American Physiological Society, the Physiological Society and the Scandinavian Physiological Society for their partnership with the organization of the Congress. Last but not least, we are deeply indebted to the participants from around the globe without them this Congress would not have materialized.

My second order of business is to express our gratitude to the Board of General Assembly, in particular Jayasree Sengupta (Chair) and Susan Barman (Vice-Chair), for the timely publication of the BGA Report of Physiology- Current Status and Future Challenges. I also acknowledge the contributions of the 26 member societies whose responses to the questionnaires formed the basis of the narratives. This Report, which was received enthusiastically at the 38th IUPS Congress, is now posted on the IUPS website. I invite the global physiological community to provide feedbacks on any aspect of this Report, especially on means to implement the Recommendations to IUPS.

On behalf of the Union, I extend a warm welcome to the Physiology Society of Sri Lanka as the newest Adhering Body of IUPS. It is vitally important for the growth of IUPS as a global body to have new members from all corners of the world.

For some time now, under the leadership of our former President, Denis Noble, IUPS has been pursuing the mission to "return physiology to center stage". With your support, I pledge to continue to move this mission forward because I am a true believer that despite the mountains of molecular data, the ultimate existence of humankind roots in its functional expression that we call physiology. I look forward to working with you in the next four years and welcome your inputs towards this goal.

Julie Chan

September, 2017

Central Dogma or Central Debate?

June 13, 2018

Denis Noble's latest article in pursuing the IUPS's mission of returning physiology to the center stage.

Physiology Education Workshop 2018: IUPS Initiative

May 21, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the “Physiology Education Workshop 2018: IUPS Initiative” will be held in the form of a series of workshops in three Institutions in three parts of India: AIIMS Jodhpur (3-5 November 2018), NEIGRIHMS Shillong (10-12 November 2018) and GMC Kozhikode (15-17 November 2018). It has been conceived with a vision to promote exchange of knowledge about alternative practices in physiology teaching and learning.

The workshop will provide interactive ‘hands-on’ training on innovative tools like Problem Based Learning (PBL), Case Based Learning (CBL) and Flipped Classroom (FCR) for physiology education to selected participant faculty members from all over India. Scientific sessions by renowned international and national faculty will be an added feature. The primary aim of the workshop is to create awareness about those innovative tools in physiology education. The long-term goal is the creation and expansion of a national network of physiologists dedicated to the advancement of physiological sciences.

For the details of the Workshop, please visit:

Precision Medicine: The case for a new way forward

Feb. 5, 2018

WATCH NOW Former IUPS President Denis Noble delivers his talk "Precision Medicine: The case for a new way forward" at the Summit on Controversies on Precision Medicine in Berlin, Germany.

Seasons Greetings from IUPS

Dec. 17, 2017 - Jan. 6, 2018

An Opportunity to Participate in a 2018 Quincke Research Scholarship Course in Cuba

Dec. 13, 2017

Cuban Physiological Society in partnership with the Scientific Communication Cathedra, The Science, Technology and Innovation Observatory, The Central Laboratory of Cerebrospinal Fluid Analysis (LABCEL), Havana Medical Sciences University, and the Cuban Society of Immunology will host Quincke’s Research Scholarship course in August 2018. The course is named in honor of Heinrich Quincke, a German physician who pioneered the study of cerebrospinal fluid from a diagnostic and therapeutic point of view.

The course is open to Cuban and foreign medical students, medical residents, and PhD students and is designed to help students gain hands-on experience in methods used to analyze cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The course will be conducted in Spanish with English translation. For more information about how to apply to participate in this event, contact Dr. Alberto Juan Dorta-Contreras at

The deadline to apply to the Quincke Research Scholarship is January 28, 2018.

The course is free to Cuban residents. Foreign students will be to apply for a travel grant through the American Physiological Society in conjunction with their International Opportunity Program. Travel awards of $500 will be available.

The summer course will be in two groups: one for medical students (the first week in August 2018) and one for residents and PhD students (second week of August 2018).

For more information on the APS International Opportunity Program which provides funds to support educational, training, research, or public outreach events outside of the USA, see


Dec. 4, 2017

We have received several reports of "whaling" emails baring the signature of Julie Chan. The emails come from "" and request some amount of money to assist a colleague in immediate need. These emails are 100% FALSE.

Whaling is a type of scam aimed at getting an employee to transfer money or send sensitive information to a hacker acting as a trusted source via email. Whaling is extremely easy to fall for and can result in significant financial losses. These e-mails can be difficult to catch because they appear to be harmless, and have a normal, friendly tone and no links or attachments. They will appear to come from a high-level official at the company, typically the CEO or CFO, and often ask you to disclose sensitive information or initiate a wire transfer.


PRESS RELEASE: International Physiologists Release Report Detailing a Path Forward for Physiology

Aug. 14, 2017


August 14, 2017


International Physiologists Release Report Detailing a Path Forward for Physiology


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (August xx, 2017)—The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) presented the new report “Physiology: Current Trends and Future Challenges” to delegates attending its World Congress, which was held August 1–5, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. The landmark report outlines seven recommendations to help physiologists and professional scientific societies grow and support physiology amid domestic and international funding shortages; changes to the way physiologists learn, practice, and collaborate; and shifting public support for science.


In addition to the recommendations, the report discusses nation-based strategies for improving local landscapes for physiologists and highlights major global achievements in physiology. Also included are eight essays penned by leading researchers reflecting the progress, status, and challenges in the physiological sciences worldwide.


The report was received with praise from an enthusiastic and engaged audience at the World Congress who challenged physiologists across the globe to communicate with a broad group of scientists, build multidisciplinary and multiregional collaborations, and bring integrative physiology to the forefront in research and education.


“Physiology is a foundational science that underlies many of the medical advances of today and the potential cures of tomorrow,” said Denis Noble, past president of IUPS and emeritus professor of cardiovascular physiology at Oxford University. “Going forward, it is important that funding agencies, public and private, carefully consider what needs to be done to complement genomic studies with precise, quantitative physiological analysis of the regulatory processes that control the expression and interpretation of gene sequences to determine health and disease.”


The report and its companion essays have been published in collaboration with The Physiological Society. The Executive Summary is available on the IUPS website.


Contact information:

Denis Noble, Immediate Past-President, IUPS. Email:

Julie Chan, President, IUPS. Email:

Jayasree Sengupta, Chair - Board of the General Assembly, IUPS. Email:

Susan Barman, Co-Chair - Board of the General Assembly, IUPS. Email:

BGA Report: Physology--Current Trends and Future Challenges

July 24, 2017

The IUPS Board of the General Assembly (BGA), led by Chair Jayasree Sengupta and Vice-Chair Sue Barman, has released their report on the status of Physiology world-wide: Physiology: Current Trends and Future ChallengesThe report was produced in collaboration with The Physiological Society

A panel discussion to reflect on the report will be held at 2pm at the Riocentro Convention Center, Room 207 - PAX 200, immediately before the 2017 IUPS Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The panel discussion will be chaired by IUPS President Denis Noble, with represntatives from almost every continent. 

Amendments to IUPS Constitution and By-Laws Ratified

Dec. 6, 2016

The General Assembly (GA) of the IUPS has ratified the proposed amendments to the IUPS Constitution and By-Laws, with 50 votes in favor versus 0 against as of the close of voting on December 6, 2016. A total of 76 GA members were eligible to cast ballots, 50% of which constitutes a quorum (i.e., 38 votes), with two-thirds required for ratification. In fact, nearly two-thirds of all eligible voters cast a positive vote.

In anticipation of the passage of the new Constitution, the IUPS Nominations Committee has already begun considering nominees to fill the new Council positions. It will release the names of the nominees as soon as the entire slate of nominees has agreed to serve.