Today marked the official start of the Experimental Biology meeting for the American Physiological Society!
The highest award the society offers a scientist is named in honor of Dr. Walter B Cannon, the physiologist (and 6th President of the society) who came up with the term 'homeostasis' in his 1930 book The Wisdom of the Body. This year's award recipient is Dr. Amira Klip from the University of Toronto. In her presentation she described her research on how poor nutrition can activate the immune system to cause insulin resistance in muscle. Fascinating! This was a grand way to kick-off the meeting and was followed by the official opening reception that included a wonderful array of foods and conversations with colleagues and trainees.