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Archives for April, 2012

I have had a lot of fun at this year’s Experimental Biology conference. I always enjoy attending the symposia to listen to current research news as well as interact with fellow comparative physiologists at all levels of training. Here are the highlights from the sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday: Tuesday: J. Hicks, August Krogh Lecture:…

Meet Dr. Heidy Contreras, a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Arizona and the latest winner of a Starbucks gift card for showing off her pride in comparative physiology at the 2012 Experimental Biology meeting!

Here are my favorite posters from today’s session: -Scott G, Schnurr ME, Yin Y, Johnston IA. “Embryonic temperature produces persistent effects on the capacity for thermal acclimation in adult zebrafish” Scott et al., found that exposing embryonic zebrafish to varying temperatures impacted the animal’s ability to acclimate (swimming performance) to different temperatures as an adult.…

Meet Patricia Villalta, from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, our final winner of the “What’s New in Comparative Physiology” t-shirt contest! The letter explaining her reasons for being excited about the Experimental Biology conference were inspirational. May you always show such enthusiasm for research and comparative physiology Patricia!

Meet Dr. Rudy Ortiz from the University of California, Merced. He is a winner of our show your pride in comparative physiology at EB contest! In case you can’t tell from his tie, he is passionate about his research with seals. Congratulations Rudy! Enjoy your Starbucks gift card.

Highlights from the afternoon seminars: D. Schlenk, “Estrogenic activities in marine wildlife: potential causes and population impacts” Dr. Schlenk has been studying the estrogenic effects of Bifenthrin, a pyrethroid insectide in fish populations. He observed that male fish exposed to this chemical actually show an increase in vitellogenin, which is important in the development of…

G Highlights from the morning sessions Hypoxia inducible factors in health and disease G. Haddad, “Genomic information controlling the adaptation to long term hypoxia: insights from flies and humans” Dr. Haddad’s laboratory has discovered that hypoxia tolerance is inherited in flies. When naive flies are exposed to anoxia (no oxygen) for 1-3 hours, they become…

I arrived in beautiful San Diego this afternoon and just checked in to the conference. I am really looking forward to the Walter Cannon Lecture this evening as well as the APS 125th Anniversary Opening Ceremony and beach party! I look forward to catching up on what’s new in comparative physiology over the next few…

In looking through the online program for this years’ EB, I came across additional comparative physiology seminars that I am very much looking forward to attending (to see the prior list of must-see seminars, click here): Monday April 23rd: 8:00am-10:00am: “Hypoxia Inducible Factors in Health and Disease,” chaired by B. Rees, CG Wilson, and M…

Congratulations to Patricia Villalta, a graduate student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, our final winner of the “What’s New in Comparative Physiology?” t-shirt contest! Here are her reasons for being excited about going to this year’s Experimental Biology meeting: “Dear Dr. Dolittle, Every year, I get excited about the Experimental Biology…