Pre-Conference Symposia

The Organising Committee is delighted to announce a number of Pre-Conference Symposia on Thursday, 15 September.

These meetings are FREE to attend, but you MUST be registered for Europhysiology 2022.

To attend the Pre-Symposia you are required to register for the full conference. 

Young Physiologists Career Symposium

The Young Physiologists will have their meeting from 8.00 to 11.30.

Led by Young Physiologist representatives of all hosting societies.

You find the programme hereunder or you can download it here.

For more information please visit the following link: Young Physiologists Career Symposium.

Young Physiologists Career Symposium

8.00Welcome and introductions
Opportunities during my academic career: Editorial Board and Grant Committee positions
8.15Academia beyond publishing – Roles as reviewer/editor
Morten Thomsen
University of Copenhagen, DK
8.45Opportunities outside the lab
Lisa Nalbach
Programme Officer, German Research Foundation, DE
9.15Networking break
 The interface between Academia and Industry: Perspectives from scientists in non-academic careers
9.45Pharmaceutical Industry
Dr. Peter Sandner
Chief Scientist & Senior Research Fellow at Bayer AG
10.05Academia–industry entrepreneurships
Ditter Riber
Program director of SPARK Programme
10.25The bridge to your Start-up
Anders Bue Klein
Chief Scientific Officer of Ousia Pharma
10.45Q&A with all speakers
11.00Networking break leading onto lunch

The Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings

After the Young Investigator Symposium we will offer 7 parallel SIG-meetings, starting at 12.00 and end at 17.00.
You will find the detailed programme of each sympoisa hereunder (will be updated continuously).


Vascular Physiology

Vladimir Matchkov, Aarhus University, DK
Christoffer Garland, University of Oxford, UK
Thomas Korff, University of Heidelberg, DE
Michaela Kuhn, University of Würzburg, DE
12.00C-Type Natriuretic Peptide stabilizes FoxO3 and attenuates hyperproliferation of lung pericytes from patients with Pulmonary Hypertension.
Swati Dabral
University of Würzburg, DE
12.25Coronary microvascular physiology in health and disease: lessons from large animal models.
D.J. Duncker
Erasmus University Medical Center, UK
12.50YAP/TAZ deletion in vascular smooth muscle in adult mice results in aneurysm-like vascular lesions.
Marycarmen Arévalo Martinez
Lund University, SE
13.15Cytochrome P450 reductase maintains vessel function through regulation of eNOS and the metabolic fate of arachidonic acid.
Pedro Felipe Malacarne
Goethe University, DE
13.30Prorenin can affect vascular tone by modulating the intracellular pH of vascular smooth muscle cells.
Salomé Rognant
University of Copenhagen, DK
13.45Endogneous Angiotensin II and myoendothelial feedback in small arteries.
Lauren Phillips
University of Oxford, UK
14.00Pitch talk 1: Coalescent angiogenesis—evidence for a novel concept of vascular network maturation
B. Nitzsche
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
14.05Pitch talk 2: The role of uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) in the myocardial tissue in response to hypoxia
L. Czech
Justus Liebig University, Germany
14.10Pitch talk 3: Identification of novel proteins and mechanistic pathways associated with early-onset hypertension by deep proteomic mapping of resistance arteries
J.A. Bastrup
University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
14.10Pitch talk 4: Molecular background for futile recanalization in ischemic stroke
L.M. Brostrup Hansen
University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
14.30Coffee break
15.00Stress coping in rats associates with reduced expression of cerebrovascular Kv7.4 channels leading to biphasic neurovascular response
Christian Staehr
Aarhus University, DK
15.25Proteo-genomic discovery of human endothelial smORF-encoded microproteins.
Mauro Siragusa
Goethe University, DE
15.50Mechanisms underlying synthesis and release of ET-1 from rat resistance arteries.
Katherine Banecki
University of Oxford, UK
16.10Super-Resolution Ultrasound Imaging of the Renal Microvasculature in Rats with Diabetes.
Stinne B Søgaard
University of Copenhagen, DK
16.30The oral nitrate/nitrite pathway: a link between oral and cardiovascular health.
Raul Bescos Garcia
University of Plymouth, UK
16.45Endothelial cells drive organ fibrosis by inducing the transcription factor Sox9.
Felix A. Trogisch
Heidelberg University, DE

Skeletal Muscle Physiology

Title: Novel approaches and insights on muscle structure and function in health and disease
Kristian Vissing, Aarhus University, DK
Julien Ochala, University of Copenhagen, DK
Johanna Lanner, Karolinska Instituttet, SE
Theresia Kraft, Hannover Medical School, DE
12.00Welcome and opening
SkSIG organising committee

From stem cells to performance: The role of skeletal muscle in challenging perceptions of human ageing.

Stephan Harridge
Kings College London, UK


Chromatin conformation of muscle stem cells in physiological and pathological muscular aging

Chiara Lanzuolo
Institute of Biomedical Technologies Milan, IT


Calcium handling in skeletal muscle is impaired in cancer-induced cachexia (#668)

L. V. Gand1, B. Khan1, N. Weber2, A. Pich3, T. Kraft1, M. Amrute-Nayak1, A. Nayak1

1 Hannover Medical School, Institute of Molecular and Cell Physiology, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
2 Hannover Medical School, Institute of Molecular and Translational Therapeutic Strategies, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
3 Hannover Medical School, Research Core Unit Proteomics & Institute of Toxicology, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

13.30Glycogenolytic derived ATP affects sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ uptake and leak properties in rat and human muscle (#308)

N. Ørtenblad1, K. D. Gejl1, M. R. Kristiansen1, J. Nielsen1, R. Jensen1

1 University of Southern Denmark, Departments of Sports science and Clinical Biomechanics, Odense M, Denmark


Deconvolution of cellular responses to exercise in human skeletal muscle utilizing single-cell sequencing.

Eric Rullman
Karolinska Institute, SE


Role of exercise +/- ischemia-induced plasma extracellular vesicles for remote tissue conditioning

Kristian Vissing
Aarhus University, DK

14.30Coffee break

Mitochondrial function and healthy aging

Steen Larsen
University of Copenhagen, DK


A stagewise response to mitochondrial dysfunction

Amy Vincent, Newcastle University, UK


Regulation of skeletal muscle function by mtRNA-stabilizing proteins – and their role in exercise adaptations

Tang Cam Phung Pham
University of Copenhagen, DK

16.15Effects of oxygen availability on microvascular responsiveness in human tibialis anterior muscle (#576)

J. Franch1, L. P. Thomsen2, T. Rokkedal-Lausch1, M. K. Poulsen2, D. S. Karbing2, R. G. Larsen1

1 Aalborg University, Sport Sciences – Performance and Technology, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg, Denmark
2 Aalborg University, Respiratory and Critical Care Group, Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg, Denmark

16.30Keeping your nuclei in good shape: it’s all about exercise (#282)

E. Battey1, 2, A. Hoang2, D. Wilson3, J. Ross2, R. Pollock1, M. Kalakoutis1, N. Lazarus1, J. Pugh4, G. Close4, T. Iskratsch3, S. Harridge1, J. Ochala5, 1, M. Stroud2

1 King’s College London, Centre for Human & Applied Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, London, United Kingdom
2 King’s College London, British Heart Foundation Centre of Excellence, School of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences, London, United Kingdom
3 Queen Mary University of London, School of Engineering and Materials Science, London, United Kingdom
4 Liverpool John Moores University, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool, United Kingdom
5 University of Copenhagen, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark

16.45Concluding Remarks
SkSIG organising committee

Epithelial, Membrane Transport and Renal Physiology

Markus Bleich, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, DE
Henrik Dimke, University of Southern Denmark, DK
Jenny Nyström, University of Gothenburg, SE
Frank Schweda, University of Regensburg, DE

Claudins in kidney
12.00Tight junction and claudin architecture in kidney using super resolution imaging techniques
Rozemarijn van der Veen and Martin Lehmann
FMP Berlin, DE
12.30Role of Claudin-2 and Claudin-12 in proximal tubular transport
Todd Alexander
University of Alberta, CA
13.00New perspectives on the solvent drag concept by bi- and tricellular tight junctions in kidney
Dorothée Günzel
Charité -Berlin, DE
 Ion transport in kidney
13.30Renal sodium and potassium homeostasis – bridging animals to humans using urinary extracellular vesicles
Robert Fenton
Aarhus University, DK
14.00Electrophysiology of KCNJ channels underlying genetic kidney defects
Anselm Zdebik
University College London, UK
14.30Coffee Break
15.00Novel genetic defects with consequences for kidney function and electrolyte balance
Jeroen de Baaij
Radboud Nijmegen, NL
 Molecular mechanisms underlying kidney disease  
15.30Nitric oxide signalling in kidney regulation and potential links to cardiorenal disease
Mattias Carlstrom
Karolinska Institutet, SE
16.00Novel insights into protein homeostasis in podocyte biology
Catherine Meyer-Schwesinger
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, DE
16.30Carbohydrate metabolism in acute and chronic kidney disease
Sophie de Seigneux
University of Geneva, CH


Title: Histamine and the nervous system

A symposium dedicated to the neuromodulator histamine and its physiological and pathophysiological roles in the central and peripheral nervous system.

Tommas Ellender, Antwerpen University, BE and Oxford University, UK
Ilona Obara, Newcastle University, UK
12.10Historical overview of histamine and CNS
Paul Chazot
Durham University, UK
12.40Studying the impact of Histamine/GABA co-release on information transfer in the prefrontal cortex
Stephen Brickley
Imperial College London, UK
13.10Histaminergic control of striatal circuit development and function
Tommas Ellender
Antwerpen University, BE and Oxford University, UK
13.40In Vivo Definitions of Brain Histamine Dynamics Reveals Critical Neuromodulatory Roles for This Elusive Messenger
Parry Hashemi
Imperial College London, UK
14.30Coffee & Tea break
15.00Histamine and the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
Ling Shan
Amsterdam University, NL
15.40Histamine system and neuropathic pain relief: novel strategies
Ilona Obara
Newcastle University, UK
16.10Plasticity of the brain histaminergic system
Perrti Panula
Helsinki University, FI
16.40Wrap up

Human & Exercise Physiology

Paul Ansdell, Northumbria University, UK
Irene Di Giulio, King’s College London, UK

Title: Is there a norm in human physiology? Biological influences in health and disease

A symposium dedicated to highlighting research investigating diversity in physiology

Paul Ansdell & Irene Di Giulio
Theme Leads, Physiological Society
The menstrual cycle, oral contraceptive use, and associated symptoms on exercise performance and recovery
Kelly McNulty
Northumbria University, UK
The influence of hormones across the female lifespan on responses to exercise
Johanna Ihalaine
Jyvaskyla University, FI
Ageing of the neuromuscular system; do sex hormones matter?
Jessica Piasecki
Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, UK
Sex differences in neuromuscular fatigue
Sandra Hunter
Marquette University, USA
“Race” and Skin Pigmentation in Vascular Health
Tony Wolf
Penn State Univesity, USA
Mind the gap: widening the demographic to establish new norms in human physiology
Ken O’Halloran
University College Cork, IR

Cardiac Symposium

Andrew James, University of Bristol, UK
Wolfgang Linke, University of Muenster, DE
William E Louch, University of Oslo, NO
Morten B Thomsen, University of Copenhagen, DK
Session I: Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes
Pasi Tavi, University of Eastern, FI
12.05Regulators of force in hiPSC-C
Torsten Christ
University of Hamburg, DE
12.25Preclinical testing of CRISPR/Cas9 gene therapy for inherited cardiomyopathies
Lukas Cyganek
University of Goettingen, DE
12.45Insights into cardiac electromechanics through in silico augmentation of 3D hiPSC derived cardiac microtissues
Sam Wall
Simula Research Centre, Oslo, NO
13.00The importance of physiological compliance in the E-C coupling of hiPSC-CMs
Eline Huethorst
University of Glasgow, UK
 Session II:          The microtubule network in health and disease
Thomas Jepps, University of Copenhagen, DK
13.25Microtubules orchestrate translation in the heart
Keita Uchida
University of Pennsylvania, USA
13.45The emerging role of colchicine in atrial fibrillation therapy
Arnela Saljic
University of Copenhagen, DK
14.05Discovering novel microtubule biology in situ using cryo-electron tomography
Danielle Paul
University of Bristol, UK
14.20Microtubules or titin? Determining passive stiffness contributions in cardiomyocytes
Christine Loescher
University of Muenster, DE
14.35Coffee break
 Session III: Protein turnover and quality control
Wolfgang Linke, University of Muenster, DE
15.00Introduction to Protein turnover and quality control
Wolfgang Linke
University of Muenster, DE
15.10Mechanisms underlying loss-of-function of the cardiac Kv7.1/KCNE1 channel by factors implicated in cardiac arrhythmia
Sara Liin
University of Linkjøping, SE
15.30Stress sensing in cardiomyocytes
Elizabeth Ehler
Kings College, UK
15.50Defective trafficking of mutant KCNQ1 channel complexes in the long QT syndrome
Stephen Harmer
University of Bristol, UK
 Session IV: Meet the Industry- To be announced
Andrew James, University of Bristol, UK
16.20From mathematical modelling to first-in-human: An academic start-up story
Julia Shanks
University of Auckland, New Zealand
16.40Glucagon-like peptide-1 and the heart
Michael Nyberg
Novo Nordisk, Måløv, Denmark
17.00Soluble guanylate cyclase activators and stimulators
Peter Sandner
Bayer, Wuppertal, Germany
17.20Wrap up

Comparative Physiology

Sjannie Lefevre, Oslo University, NO
Tobias Wang, Aarhus University, DK

12.00Introduction about SIGs and SPS
Sjannie Lefevre, Oslo University, NO
Tobias Wang, Aarhus University, DK
12.20Comparative chronobiology: an arctic perspective
David G. Hazlerigg
the Arctic University of Norway, NO
12.50Cardiac morphological remodeling by environmental factors in Atlantic salmon
Ida B. Johansen
Norwegian University of Life Sciences, NO
13.20Unravelling the mechanisms underlying extreme stress tolerance in tardigrades
Nadja Møbjerg
University of Copenhagen, DK
13.50Mitochondrial function in the anoxia-tolerant crucian carp
Lucie Gerber
Oslo University, NO
14.10Insights from ‘omics’ about crucian carp anoxia tolerance
Sjannie Lefevre
Oslo University, NO
14.30Coffee break
15.00Evolution of mammalian thermogenesis-how and when UCP1 sparked fire
Michael Gaudry
Stockholm University, SE
15.30A novel gut-muscle axis that enable growth in the absence of physical activity
Tobias Wang
Aarhus University, DK
16.15Discussion on future activities (How and when to meet, plus delegation of responsibilities)

Current Information


16 April 2021
Call for Symposia


15 September 2022
Pre-Meeting Symposia

16-18 September 2022
Meeting dates


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