Cardiac physiology

Fundamental cardiorespiratory interactions
Chairs: Maja Elstad (University of Oslo) and Tobias Wang (University of Aarhus)

Respiration and circulation are fundamental processes of life. In this session we will focus on the neuro-mechanical interactions between breathing and hemodynamics in animals and humans. The topic has been debated in the last decade with large impact on the physiological societies and emerging impact on clinical practice.


  • Tobias Wang (University of Aarhus)  
  • Rohit Ramchandra (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Maja Elstad (University of Oslo)
  • Patrik Sundblad (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm)
Horses for courses - Evolutionary and cross-species aspects of cardiovascular function at rest and during exercise
Chairs: Ilkka Heinonen (University of Turku and University of Halmstad) and David Poole (Kansas State University)

Renal physiology

Renal and distant organ microvascular function in AKI and CKD
Chairs: Boye Jensen (University of Southern Denmark) and Andreas Patzak (Charité University Hospital, Berlin)


  • Pernille B. Lærkegaard Hansen (University of Southern Denmark). Single cell RNA-sequencing of vascular cells in CKD.

  • Charlotte Mehlin Sorensen (University of Copenhagen). Action of glucagon-like peptide in the renal microvasculature.

  • Faeq Husain-Syed (University Hospital Giessen and Marburg). Doppler-based renal venous congestion and its association with renal and cardiac function in heart failure

  • Enyin Lai (Zhejiang University and Georgetown University). Kidney-brain crosstalk in AKI – role of the microvasculature.

Joint symposium with APS: Nitric oxide regulation of kidney function
Chairs: Jennifer Pollock (University of Alabama, Birmingham, APS), Mattias Carlström (Karolinska Instituted, Stockholm, SPS).

Skeletal muscle

Muscle plasticity: Myonuclear dynamics, epigenetics and muscle memory
Chair: Kristian Gundersen (University of Oslo).

The symposium will discuss the role of myonuclei, satellite cells and epigenetic alterations such as DNA-methylation and histone modifications in regulating plastic changes in muscle such as changes in muscle mass, speed and metabolism.

Confirmed speakers

  • Kristian Gundersen (University of Oslo)
  • Dough Millay (University of Cincinnati University)
  • Adam P Sharpless (Keele University)
Muscle stress in sports: Fatigue and regeneration.
Chairs: Thorarinn Sveinsson (University of Iceland), Erlingur Sigurdur Johannsson (University of Iceland).


Lymphatic function - translational aspects
Chair: Helge Wiig (University of Bergen).

During recent years since the discovery of lymphatic vessel molecular markers, there has been an increase in papers related to lymphatic biology and molecular mechanisms involved in formation of new lymphatics. There is a need to integrate the mechanical and biological aspects of interstitial fluid and lymph formation and transport in tissue physiology, pathophysiology, and immune regulation. The proposed speakers all have different approaches to investigate lymph vessel function and have also been able to place their work on lymphatics in a new functional perspective.


  • Gwendalyn Randolph (Washington University St Louis)
  • Steven Proulx (ETH Zurich)
  • Ebba Brakenhielm (University of Rouen)
  • Tine V Karlsen (University of Bergen)
Retinal vessel physiology
Chair: Olof Birna Olafsdottir (University of Iceland)

Sleep and circadian rhythm

Circadian rhythm and metabolism
Chairs: Karl-Heinz Herzig (University of Oulu) and Charna Dibner (University of Geneva).


  • Ueli Schibler (University of Geneva). Clock-talk within the mammalian circadian timing system.
  • Katja Lamia (Scripps Research Institute)
  • Henrik Oster (Luebeck University). Interaction between central and peripheral clocks in regulating body metabolism.
The role of sleep and circadian rhythm in physiology
Chairs: Erna Sif Arnardottir (Reykjavik University) and Atli Jósefsson (University of Iceland).


Joint symposium with APS: Ion transport in choroid plexus epithelia
Chairs: Bonnie Blazer-Yost (Indiana University, APS), Jeppe Praetorius/Heller Damkier (University of Aarhus, SPS).
Joint symposium with The (British) Physiological Society on neurophysiology
Chairs: Ragnhildur Thora Karadottir (University of Cambridge / University of Iceland) and Thor Eysteinsson (University of Iceland).

Ion channels and regulation of hormone secretion

Ion channels in immune cell function: from autoimmune diseases to parasitic infection.
Chairs: Zhe Jin (Uppsala University) and Sergiy Korol (Uppsala University)

The influence of ion channels on immune cell function has been extensively explored in recent years. The modulation of ion channels including ligand-gated ion channels on the immune cell surface, directly or indirectly regulates a variety of normal immunological function, e.g. cytokine secretion, cell migration and proliferation. In addition, ion channel signaling components in the immune system have recently been shown to play an important role in autoimmune diseases and parasitic infection. Application of agonists, antagonists or modulators to targeting ion channels in immune cells will probably provide a novel therapeutic approach for treating these diseases. The main aim of this symposium is to present the latest development in understanding how ion channels regulates immune cell functions under the physiological and pathological conditions. This symposium will examine the emerging role of Ca2+ release-activated Ca2+ (CRAC) channels (by Dr. Stefan Feske), Glutamate-activated (by Dr. Mia Levite) and GABA-activated ion channels (by Dr. Bryndis Birnir) in different types of immune cells (e.g. T lymphocytes and dendritic cells) in autoimmune diseases (e.g. type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis) and Toxoplasma gondii infection (short talk by Dr. Amol Bhandage). We aim to gather together scientists from fields in ion channel physiology, neuroscience and immunology to promote the interaction and discussion of exciting new findings and developments in respective field.


  • Stefan Feske (New York University). CRAC channels in autoimmunity and infection.
    Bryndis Birnir (Uppsala University). GABA inhibition of immune cells.
  • Mia Levite (The Hebrew University). The direct activating effects of Neurotransmitters on T cells: from scientific discoveries to development of Neuro-Immunotherapy.
  • Amol Bhandage (Stockholm University). Contribution of GABAergic and VDCC signaling in Toxoplasma gondii induced hypermigratory phenotype in primary immune cells.
Regulation of islet and adipocyte hormone secretion in health and Type-2 diabetes.
Chair: Lena Eliasson (Lund University)

Free papers

Abstracts can be submitted until April 1st 2019 on the abstract submission site. The authors will either present a poster in one of the poster sessions or will have 15 minutes within a symposium.


Registration and abstract submission opens
September 2018

Abstract submission closes
April 1, 2019

Notification of abstracts 
April 15, 2019

Registration fee advances
May 9, 2019

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