AuPS Meeting AuPS

November 2021
Gold Coast, Qld

Symposia

Dates and times of each symposia will be released with the final programme



2021 Handbook
2021 Program

AuPS Historical Symposia


  • Roger Dampney: The University of Sydney
    Pioneers of the Australian Physiological Society
  • John Carmody: Independent scholar (formerly UNSW and USyd)
    European Influences on Australian Physiology
  • Judith Whitworth : Australian National University
    Women in physiology
  • Angela Dulhunty : Australian National University
    Highlights of Australian Physiology in the 21st century

Sex differences in Physiology

Sponsored by The Physiological Society (UK)


Chair: Prof Livia Hool, UWA


  • Heddwen Brooks: University of Arizona, USA
    Sex differences in hypertension
  • Nir Eynon: Victoria University
    Sex differences in response to exercise
  • Pamela McCombe : University of Queensland
    Autoimmune differences associated with gender
  • Belinda Henry : Monash University
    Sex, stress and obesity

Maternal influences on fetal development

Sponsored by The Physiological Society (UK)


Chair: Dr Deanne Hryciw, Griffith University


  • Julie Chan: President IUPS, (Taiwan)
    Mitochondrial fetal programming of metabolic syndrome
  • Karen Moritz: Univiersity of Queensland
    Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Jodie Dodd : University of Adelaide
    Maternal obesity and offspring outcomes/li>
  • Sonia Saad : University of Sydney
    Renal deficits in offspring exposed to maternal cigarette use

Microglia and naurronal interactions in brain plasticity

A joint symposium of the Physiological Society of Japan and the Australian Physiological Society


Chair: Andrew Moorhouse (UNSW Sydney) and Hiroaki Wake (Nagoya University, National Institutes for Physiological Sciences)


  • Dr Yoshifumi Ueta: Tokyo Women's Medical University
    Microglial regulation of peripheral nerve injury-induced synaptic remodeling in the thalamus
  • Gila Moalem-Taylor: UNSW Sydney
    Sex differences in spinal cord microglia following nerve injury
  • Ako Ikegami: Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine
    In vivo microglia dynamics and circuit plasticity in learning/li>
  • Emily Willis : University of Queensland
    Repopulating microglia promote brain repair in an interleukin-6 dependent manner

New insights into mechanisms of heart disease and dysfunction


Chair: Dr Kim Mellor, University of Auckland


  • 2019 prize winner of PSNZ Emerging Researcher Award
    Michelle Munro: University of Otago, NZ
    Post-translational modification and signalling regulation of RyRs in the heart
  • 2020 prize winner of PSNZ Emerging Researcher Award
    Annika Winbo,: University of Auckland, NZ
    A novel human pluripotent stem cell model demonstrates sympathetic neuronal hyperactivity in Long QT Syndrome Type 1
  • Lea Delbridge: University of Melbourne
    Cellular mechanisms of cardiac stiffness in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction
  • Veronique Lacombe,: Oklahoma State University, USA
    Regulation of glucose transport during cardiac diseases and diabetes

Developmental and pregnancy physiology - roles in health and disease


Chair: Dr Olivia Holland, Griffith University


  • Paul Dawson: Mater Research
    Neuroprotection to improve outcomes in children with autism
  • Tracey Bjorkman: The University of Queensland
    Events at birth - Implications and strategies for the newborn brain
  • Kerry Richard: Queensland University of Technology
    Transthyretin; a transport system for delivery of hormones and proteins to the placenta and fetus
  • Vicki Clifton : Mater Research Institute
    Associations between COVID-19 lockdown and post-lockdown on the mental health of pregnant women, postpartum women and their partners from the Queensland Family Cohort prospective study

Is evolutionary loss our gain? The effects of alpha-actinin-3 deficiency in health and disease


Chair: Peter Houweling, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI)


  • Victoria Wyckelsma: Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
    Skeletal muscle fiber type modifies our response to acute cold exposure - an explanation of the evolutionary selection of the ACTN3 557X allele in humans
  • Peter Houweling: MCRI
    Impact of cold exposure and ACTN3 R577X
  • Kelli Roeszler : MCRI
    Androgen Receptor signalling and skeletal muscle mass regulation in ACTN3 KO mice
  • Jane Seto :MCRI
    ACTN3 genotype influences muscle mass regulation and glucocorticoid-induced muscle wasting

The liver at the centre stage of metabolic regulation


Chair: Prof Matthew Watt, University of Melbourne


  • John Thyfault:University of Kansas, USA
    Exercise-induced metabolic adaptations in the liver
  • Magdalene Montgomery:University of Melbourne
    The liver as an endocrine organ - understanding hepatokine regulation during the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Nigel Turner:UNSW Sydney
    Boosting mitochondrial metabolism in teh liver - implications for metabolic disorders and aging
  • Paula Miotto :The University of Melbourne
    Liver-derived small extracellular vesicles regulate glycemic control through increased insulin secretion

Ion channels as biological targets for diseases


Chair: Dr Linlin Ma, Griffith University


  • Glenn F. King,:The University of Queensland
    Venoms to drugs: spider-venom peptides for treating ischemic injuries of the heart and brain
  • Andrea Yool:University of Adelaide
    Aquaporin-1 ion channels: The answer to a long-standing mystery in Sickle Cell Disease
  • Christopher Reid:University of Melbourne
    HCN channels: Pacesetters in Epilepsy
  • Stuart M. Brierley :Flinders University
    Ion channels and GPCRs: The cause of and solution to chronic visceral pain?

Women Bridging the Valley of Death


Chair: Dr Emma Rybalka (Victoria University, Dr Nicole Stupka (University of Melbourne), Dr Cara Timpani (Victoria University)


  • Sue Fletcher: Murdoch University
    The Eteplirsen® Story: From Research through Commercialisation
  • Nicky Konstantopoulos: Medicines Development for Globarl Health
    Translational Time Travel: What I Known Now and What I Wish I Had Known About Translational Research When I Was at the Bench
  • Eva Chin: NMD Pharma
    A Life in Industry and Academia: The Value of Physiology to the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Emma Rybalka: Victoria University
    Targeting Nrf2 to treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Translational Approach

Intercellular communication axes in cardiac health and disease


Chair: Prof Lea Delbridge, University of Melbourne


  • Sean Davidson,: University College London
    Exosome mediated protection in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion
  • David Greening: Baker heart Institute
    Mechanisms of cell communication in cardiometabolic disease
  • Carol Bussey: University of Otago, NZ
    Modulated sympathetic innervation of the diabetic heart
  • Jim Bell, : La Trobe University
    Arrhythmogenic consequences of cardiomyocyte - adipose communication

Non-coding RNAs in metabolic tissues


Chair: Dr Severine Lamon, Deakin University


  • Soren Nielsen: University of Copenhagen
    Novel metabolic roles of long non-coding RNAs in human adipocytes
  • Bianca Bernardo: Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute
    MicroRNA therapeutics for the heart: progress and possibilities
  • Danielle Hiam: Victoria University
    Sex-specific differences in the microRNA profile of skeletal muscle
  • Kate Murphy : University of Melbourne
    Role of microRNAs in chemotherapy-induced muscle wasting in cancer cachexia

Supplements...some might actually do something - lessons from vascular biology


Chair: Dr Shaun Sandow, University of Sunshine Coast and UNSW, Dr Marianne Tare Monash University


  • Alister McNeish: University of Reading, UK
    A new direction in the fishy tale: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids selectively activate K+ channels to evoke vasodilation.
  • Tim Murphy, : University of New South Wales
    Effect of dietary nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) on the ageing vasculature
  • Kristen Bubb:Monash University
    Three novel therapies for peripheral arterial disease: targeting NPR3 (natriuretic peptide receptor 3), beta-3 adrenergic receptor, and omega-3 fatty acids
  • Fraser Russell,: University of the Sunshine Coast
    Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids improve erythrocyte fatty acid profile in patients with small abdominal aortic aneurysm: a randomized controlled trial.

Innovations in Physiology Education


Chair: Dr Julia Choate, Monash University


  • Dee Silverthorn: University of texas
    Less is more: Teaching using core physiology concepts and competencies
  • Sarah Etherington,: Murdoch University
    Absent, but still engaged: Connecting diverse student cohorts to physiology threshold concepts using interactive online modules
  • Kate Carroll and Sharon Flecknoe: Monash University
    Supporting innovations in physiology education through staff reflection
  • Deanne Hryciw,: Griffith University
    Embedding employability across the physiology degree: Integration versus a stand-alone course