The Missouri Physiological Society held their virtual annual meeting on Saturday October 16th. Membership in the society includes high school, undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, scientists, and science policy administrators/advocates in the state of Missouri.
Highlights from the Oral Presentations:
The Keynote Address was given by Dr. John Hall, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and Chair of Physiology and Biophysics as well as Founding Director of the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, and Director of the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases (University of Mississippi Medical Center). Dr. Hall’s research focuses on both cardiovascular and renal (kidney) physiology, in addition to the physiology of obesity, hypertension, and metabolic disorders.
Nathan Kerr from the Booth Laboratory at the University of Missouri in Columbia spoke about how cognition varies in animals that run a lot versus those that are physically inactive. Interestingly, the preference for running vs sedentary lifestyles are passed on from one generation to the next. They suspect that some of the cognitive effects of physical activity may also be hereditary. Their research is interesting as it may have implications for human populations.
Shannon Kelly (in collaboration with Pamela K. Thorne, Jan R. Ivey, and Craig A. Emter) of University of Missouri at Columbia presented research exploring why menopause increases the risk of cardiac fibrosis, which happens when collagen is deposited in the heart and increases the risk of heart failure.