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

Sue Barman Wins Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award

Aug. 3, 2020

Susan M. Barman recipient of the 2020 Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award of the American Physiological Society has been honoured for her outstanding contributions to physiological research and demonstrated dedication and commitment to excellence in training of young physiologists.

Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen, Danish born, American physiologist born to Nobel Laureate August Krogh and Marie Krogh was elected the first woman president of the American Physiological Society in 1975. After serving as Chair, Physiology at Case Western University, Professor Schmidt-Nielsen served the MDI Biological Laboratory in its mission to improve human health and well-being through basic research, education, and development in ventures that transform discoveries into cures.

Susan Barman has been a distinguished recipient in 2019 of the MSU William J Beal Outstanding Faculty Award of the Michigan State University and the 2019 Carl Ludwig Distinguished Lectureship of the APS Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation Section of the American Physiological Society.

Reorganization of Latin American Association Of Physiological Sciences (ALACF)

July 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce the re-organization of the Latin American Association of Physiological Sciences.

The first president of the reorganized Society, Prof. Luis Sobrevia is a Professor of Molecular Physiology, Director of the Cellular and Molecular Physiology Laboratory (CMPL) from the Department of Obstetrics, Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Honorary Professor UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia, and Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.

The General Secretary, Prof. Ernesto Alejandro Aiello, is Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, National University of La Plata, Argentina, Vice-Director of the Cardiovascular Research Centre of La Plata, and Principal Researcher at the National Research Council in Argentina..

The ALACF Council is made up of the physiological societies from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay.

When Dr. Sobrevía rose to the position, he said "Our main goal is to enhance the development of Physiological Sciences in Latin American… We will work to offer like opportunities to all physiological researchers in Latin American Countries”.

These concepts emphasize the main objective of ALACF reorganization, i.e. To joint efforts for the progress of Latin American Science.

IUPS Congress in Beijing Postponed to May 2022

July 8, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of the health of our speakers and attendees, IUPS and the Chinese Association for Physiological Sciences after thorough considerations have decided to postpone the 2021 IUPS Congress to May 7-11, 2022. We are convinced that this is in the best interest of the physiologists, not only with regard to their health but also for fellow colleagues from all over the world in having in-person meeting, which we consider an essential part of the IUPS Congress. We expect that it will take until at least the last quarter of next year both for vaccine against COVID-19 to be commercially available for everybody and for confidence in international travel to be restored. Until then, we continue to strive organizing a meeting of scientific excellence under safe and resilient conditions.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2022 in Beijing!

The Call for Symposia has been temporarily paused. A new Call for Symposia will be released later.

IUPS Stands Against Racism

June 12, 2020

IUPS Stands Against Racism

IUPS condemns systemic racism, discrimination, injustice, and violence. The mission of the IUPS is to “foster the study of physiology worldwide.” We are committed to eliminate inequality in access to resources, research, and development of Physiologists worldwide regardless of color, sex, gender, socioeconomic background or geographical location.

We must reflect, educate ourselves, and fight for institutional change to ensure all individuals are granted respect, opportunities, and resources to strengthen our scientific pursuit. Our educational workshops in the developing world and travel grants to early career physiologists are some of the actions reflecting our commitment. IUPS is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, empathy and respect in all endeavors to advance scientific achievement and excellence.

Covid and Physiology

June 4, 2020

The worldwide community of physiologists is very pleased to invite you to participate in a special "Frontiers in Physiology" collection dedicated to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Detailed information on the topic and aim of the collection can be accessed at the following URL:

The collection aims at providing an integrative and multisystemic/multidisciplinary approach to the SARS-2 disease in the various physiological systems (cardiovascular, neurophysiology, renal,…) including evolutionary aspects. Opinion and Review papers and original articles (excluding clinical trials and cases reports) are welcomed. Abstracts can be submitted at the following URL: The deadline for abstracts is July 17, 2020, and manuscripts by 31st July 2020.

Importantly : Due to the exceptional nature of the COVID-19 situation, COVID-19 related research articles submitted to this Research Topic will have open access charges fully waived. When submitting your manuscript, the code 'Covid' has to be included as a waiver code in the submission process, and the paper should ideally also include 'Covid' as a keyword All the guest editors encourage the community of physiologists to submit a large number of papers!

On the behalf of the guest editors,

  • Georges Leftheriotis
  • Susan Wray
  • Denis Noble
  • Emmanuelle Vidal-Petiot
  • Adriana Castello Costa Girardi
  • Mathew A Bailey
  • Deborah Schechtman
  • Ravi Nistala

Call for Nominations for 2021-2025 IUPS Council

March 18, 2020

The Nominating Committee of the International Union of Physiological Sciences is soliciting nominees for the following positions on IUPS Council:

  • President
  • Secretary-General
  • Treasurer
  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President
  • Council Members (11) to serve as Chairs of Commissions and Committees
  • Council Members (4) to serve as Regional Representatives

The Nominations Committee hopes to complete the nominating process during the third quarter of this year, and post the results to the IUPS website in January 2021. Elections will be held at the 2021 IUPS Congress in Beijing, China. Council members and officers serve a four year term, renewable once. We will soon be posting the Terms of Reference for each position on the IUPS website (

Please send your nominations to IUPS Manager Steven Webster at Please include contact information and CV for each nominee.

Please submit nominations by June 15, 2020.

Europhysiology 2020 Registration now Open

Jan. 26, 2020

Registration is now open for Europhysiology 2020.

Exciting Symposia have been selected and all invited keynote speakers have confirmed their attendance. We will also have several pre-conference symposia on Sep. 10th featuring special aspects of physiology or specific organ systems. For details, please see the updated flyer or the meeting page with the current program.

On behalf of the Federation of the European Physiological Societies (FEPS), The Physiological Society (TPS), the Scandinavian Physiological Society (SPS) and the German Physiological Society (DPG), we invite you to attend this exciting conference, which will be held this autumn in Berlin, Germany, from Sep. 11-13th 2020.

Please also bear in mind these important deadlines:

Abstracts submission is open from March 5th till May 25th!

Early registration closes June 15th.

Please visit for more information. 

Joint IUPS-FEPS workshop on Africa-Europe Research collaborations

Dec. 20, 2019

A two-hour workshop will be held during Europhysiology 2020 in Berlin. The aim of the workshop is to highlight existing research activities in a broad range of physiological topics, followed by an interactive discussion between audience and panellists. The discussion will focus on successes and challenges, finding funding, and how to achieve sustainability.

Research areas to be covered include cardiovascular health, nutrition, haematology, maternal, and comparative physiology, Confirmed speakers include, Faadil Essop (South Africa), Bond Anyaehie, (Nigeria), Aissatou Seck (Senegal) and Zaina Amirat (Algeria).

The session will be introduced by Susan Wray (1st Vice-President of IUPS and President of FEPS), and Olusoga "Soga" Sofola (IUPS Council). The discussion will be chaired by Julie Chen (IUPS President) and Nandu Goswani (Austria).

The workshop is an official part of the Europhysiology 2020 meeting and will be held from 11-1:00 on 10th September 2020. All are warmly welcome to attend. More details about Europhysiology can be found at

IUPS and FEPS will be able to provide a number of travel grants, focused especially on earlier career stage physiologists from Africa. Details will follow shortly about how to apply and what funds are available.

Report on IUPS ‘Hands On’ Workshop on Medical Teaching Methodologies at SMIMS-SMU

Nov. 18, 2019

The ICMR Tri-Series Workshop on Workshop Series on Physiology Education Techniques 2018: IUPS Initiative held in three academic institutions – All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur (Rajasthan), North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences Shillong (Meghalaya), and Government Medical College Kozhikode (Kerala) in India in 2018 concluded on November 17, 2018. A follow-up Brainstorming Meeting was held at AIIMS, New Delhi on January 20, 2019 attended by members of the Core Committee and by six delegates who had participated in the Workshops held in 2018. The Report of the Brainstorming Meeting is available in the IUPS website

As a follow-up activity in teaching-learning exercises in a medical school, Dr. Rubi Dey, faculty member of the Department of Physiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS), Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) organized hosting a ‘Hands On’ Workshop on Medical Teaching Methodologies in Gangtok, Sikkim during 5th to 7th November 2019. Dr. Dey had been a delegate at the NIGRIHMS Workshop held in Shillong, Meghalaya during 10th to 12th November 2018 and a participant of the Brainstorming Meeting in AIIMS, New Delhi.

Read the Report HERE

Report on Russian Conference on Integrative Physiology

Nov. 3, 2019

It is again with great pleasure, in my capacity as the President of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Ludmila Filaretova, who together with her staff at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, has made the Russian Conference on “Integrative Physiology” held in the beautiful city of Saint Petersburg a memorial experience for all participants. I would also extend my personal gratitude to Professor Jayasree Sengupta, Chairperson of the Board of the General Assembly (BGA) of IUPS and Former Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India, for her incredible efforts in preparing this outstanding Report.

This Conference is dedicated to the 170 Anniversary of the birth of Academician Ivan P. Pavlov, the first physiologist awarded with Nobel Prize and the first laureate from Russia for his work in integrated and systems physiology. Over the past decades, talented scientists from the Pavlov Institute of Physiology continued to devote their research efforts on integrative physiology that contributed significantly to strengthening physiology as the basis for medicine. It is therefore most fitting that the Russian Conference on “Integrative Physiology” is hosted by this Institute.

IUPS is a collective of societies from the global physiological community. As denoted by our motto “Physiology without borders”, the mission of IUPS is to foster the study of physiology worldwide. I am therefore most appreciative that physiologists from around the globe have accepted the invitation to join their Russian colleagues to brainstorm on the future of “Integrative Physiology”. Human life in its fullest form represents a well-coordinated operational framework that integrates every level of functional execution, one that links genes, proteins, cells and organs to the whole body, a process we call physiology. My personal view is that this collective wisdom was amply represented by the contents of the lectures in this Conference.

Julie Y.H. Chan
President, IUPS

Read the report HERE

Report of IUPS-BRICS Symposium

Nov. 3, 2019

It is indeed with great pleasure, in my capacity as the President of the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS), to offer two thoughts in conjunction with the Report on the IUPS-BRICS Symposium on Stress held on September 23, 2019 at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

My first thought is to offer Professor Ludmila Filaretova, Director of the Pavlov Institute of Physiology, my heartfelt congratulations for putting together a comprehensive program that included lectures on many aspects of stress to set the foundation for discussion on research collaborations in the BRICS project. I would also extend my personal gratitude to Professor Jayasree Sengupta, Chairperson of the Board of the General Assembly (BGA) of IUPS and Former Professor and Head, Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India for her remarkable efforts to put together this superb Report.

My second thought is how wonderful it is that the idea of BRICS research collaboration initiated by Ludmila and Jay in March, 2018, and endorsed by the BGA, in January this year, has now taken a big step towards its organization. This Symposium is indeed a historic IUPS event in which scientists from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) had the opportunity to gather at the Pavlov Institute of Physiology in Russia to forge a research network towards understanding the integrative physiology of stress. In particular, I am most appreciative that, as an IUPS initiative, the BRICS Symposium is in line with one of the 7 recommendations for furtherance of physiological sciences in a global manner in the BGA Report on Physiology - Current Status and Future Challenges (2017).

My sincere wish that the successful conclusion of the IUPS-BRICS Symposium marks the beginning of a new chapter towards realizing the ultimate goal of this newly established collaborative research networks.

Julie Y.H. Chan

President, IUPS

Read the report HERE

A Tribute to Ewald Weibel

May 12, 2019

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Professor Ewald Weibel on February 19, 2019. Ewald was the leading lung morphologist of his generation, a key figure in the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) at a crucial time in its history and, as President of IUPS, a strong proponent of the Physiome Project. The three of us, who have all worked with Ewald in at least one of these three aspects of his life, have very fond memories of this outstanding scholar and remarkable man.

Click here to read the rest of the tribute in Physiology.

Reports on the ICMR Workshop Series on Physiology Education Techniques 2018: IUPS Initiative

Feb. 7, 2019

Initial report on the ICMR Workshop Series on Physiology Education Techniques 2018: IUPS Initiative. 


Below is the report of the Brainstorming Follow-up Meeting of ICMR Workshop Series on Physiology Education Techniques 2018: IUPS Initiative that was held in AIIMS on January 20, 2019.


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.