Newswise – Rockville, Maryland (March 15, 2024) – Nobel laureate Brian Kobilka, MD, and NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, PhD, are among the featured speakers who will participate in the event American Physiology Summit, the premier annual meeting of the American Physiological Society (APS).. The summit will take place April 4-7, 2024 in Long Beach, California.

Nobel laureate Brian Kobilka, MD, is professor and chair of molecular and cellular physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California. Along with his colleague Robert Lefkowitz, MD, Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Kobilka will deliver the summit’s opening lecture, “Challenges and New Approaches to G Protein-Coupled Receptor Drug Discovery,” on Thursday, April 4, at 4:15 p.m. PDT. Read more about Kobilka.

NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, PhD, Assistant to the Chief Astronaut for Commercial Crew (SpaceX) and Deputy Flight Integration Division, trained as a comparative physiologist before becoming an astronaut. From 2019 to 2020, she spent 205 days on the International Space Station conducting scientific experiments. Meir will give the final keynote speech: “Experimenting in zero gravity: A physiologist-turned-astronaut has come full circle,” on Sunday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. Read more about Meir.

The meeting’s program also includes eight groundbreaking sessions highlighting some of the most important issues impacting life and health today. Top scientists from around the world will discuss these important topics.

The game changer sessions are:

The molecular circadian clock: Understanding its role in homeostasis

Cutting-edge advances in understanding molecular circadian clocks and how circadian rhythm function is integrated into physiological systems to maintain homeostasis

Untethered AI: Challenging scientific frontiers in physiology research and data science

How advances in technology, artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning are pushing the boundaries of science and healthcare

G protein-coupled receptors as drug targets: New findings and new approaches

Application of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) as drug targets and approaches to identify GPCR regulatory proteins in the cardiovascular system

Harnessing the power of spatial omics: Innovative approaches and insights into cell function

New insights into cellular function in systems biology and how cells organize and interact across the tissue landscape to drive disease progression

Interorgan Crosstalk: Exploring communication axes and their relevance to health and illness

New epidemiological and preclinical evidence highlighting the relevance of interorgan crosstalk to homeostasis and disease

Cognitive decline: collateral damage of cardiometabolic syndrome

New findings that could lead to preventive and counteracting measures against loss of cognitive function in people with obesity and metabolic syndrome

Immunometabolism: At the crossroads of novel intestinal-neural-cardiorenal pathophysiological disease mechanisms

An examination of basic applied and clinical science in diverse animal and human models, including underrepresented populations, and an introduction to immunology from an integrative physiological perspective

Physiology in non-traditional model systems: Exploring biodiversity to uncover adaptations with translational potential

The study of non-traditional models of mechanisms of unique adaptations that can improve understanding of how other species respond to internal and external physiological challenges

Discover the peaks Schedule at a glance And program per day.

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Physiology is a broad field of scientific research that studies how molecules, cells, tissues, and organs function in health and disease. The American Physiological Society connects a global, multidisciplinary community of more than 10,000 biomedical scientists and educators in its mission to advance scientific discovery, understand life and improve health. The Society promotes collaboration and makes scientific discoveries visible through its 16 scientific journals and programs that support researchers and educators in their work.

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