The American Physiological Society (APS) offers a series of programs on the effects of oxidative and nitrosative stress on cardiovascular, pulmonary and other diseases. Oxidative stress occurs in response to an excess of free radicals or deficit of antioxidants (the reason many people take antioxidant vitamins). Nitrosative stress refers to the negative effects of the body's high reactivity to nitric oxide.
Other examples of APS presentations include transgenic models of heart failure therapeutics, physiology of high altitude decompression sickness, and why brain remodeling underlies the success of behavioral therapies for motor dysfunction.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) program includes a talk by Dr. Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health. Other talks are by scientists being honored for their work in areas such as the virus assembly of HIV-1 and the bacterial pathogenesis of the plague or "black death." ASBMB thematic meetings focus on topics such as glycobiology (the complex roles of various naturally occurring sugars); pathways and regulation of metabolism, including symposia on novel signaling pathways involved in leptin action and regulation of energy balance and novel mechanisms for insulin resistance; and how the rapidly emerging fields of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics contribute to our understanding of cardiopulmonary and other diseases.
Contact: Sarah Goodwin
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology