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