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About IUPS

The IUPS is an organization which brings together physiologists from throughout the world. The unifying objective or physiologists is to increase mankind's understanding of the functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of animals and humans.

The objectives of the IUPS are: to encourage the advancement of the physiological sciences; to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge in the field of physiological sciences; to promote the International Congresses of Physiological Sciences: to promote such other meetings as may be useful for the advancement of the physiological sciences; and to promote such other measures as will contribute to the development of physiological sciences in developing countries.

The IUPS publishes a journal, Physiology in cooperation with the American Physiological Society. The articles are short, up-to-date reviews of modern physiology, directed to scientists and teachers throughout the world in order to help them maintain a current knowledge of all fields of physiology.

The IUPS has eight active Scientific Commissions and seven Committees. Member societies to IUPS include 51 National Members, 14 Associate Members, 4 Regional Members and 2 Affiliated Members. It is an adhering member of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) and International Council of Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS). Adhering bodies to IUPS include 51 National Members, 9 Associate Members, 2 Affiliated Members, 3 Regional Members and 15 Special Members.

About The Physiological Society

The Physiological Society brings together over 3000 scientists from over 60 countries. Since its foundation in 1876, its Members have made significant contributions to our knowledge of biological systems and the treatment of disease.

We promote physiology and support those working in the field by organising world-class scientific meetings, offering grants for research, collaboration and international travel, and by publishing the latest developments in its two leading scientific journals, The Journal of Physiology and Experimental Physiology.  Recently, The Physiological Society and The American Physiological Society (APS) announced their partnership to publish a new open-access peer-reviewed journal – Physiological Reports.

The Society also runs events for the general public on how physiology relates to everyday life, and for students who may be considering physiology as a career.

Membership is available for all career stages, from undergraduate level to senior level scientists.

About the Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS)

The Federation of European Physiological Societies (FEPS) was founded during the Regional Meeting of IUPS in Prague (Czech Republic) on July 2, 1991. It now comprises 27 Constituent Societies. The aims of FEPS can be summarized as follows:

  • to promote and foster the exchange and diffusion of concepts and information between physiologists and the societies of physiology in the European region
  • to facilitate the dissemination of information concerning the activities of the member societies
  • to encourage joint meetings of two or more member societies
  • to facilitate the exchange of invitations between member societies to national or regional meetings
  • to advance knowledge in the scientific disciplines relating to physiology by supporting and providing suitable mechanisms for training programs in physiology
  • to advance the exchange of graduate students and scientists within Europe and on an international scale
  • to stimulate international scientific research projects in Europe.

About the Scandinavian Physiological Society (SPS)

The Scandinavian Physiological Society was founded in 1925 and is a society for researchers in physiology and related sciences in the Nordic countries; Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The Society is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to promote research, education and interest in physiological sciences in its member countries.

The Society is registered in Sweden, with its administration moving between different Nordic countries. The present administration is situated in Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden. The executive board is elected for a period of 4 years, and includes a President, Secretary General, Chief editor, Meeting secretary and two councillors from each of the Nordic countries.

In earlier years, the Society arranged Nordic Congresses every 3rd or 4th year; the last one took place in Copenhagen 1992. Since then, annual or bi-annual meetings, which were introduced in 1968, have become the only type of regular meeting activity.

Typically, these meetings last from Friday to Sunday – longer with larger meetings and congresses – and consist of several symposia, oral and poster presentations, invited lecturers, and sometimes laboratory demonstrations. The English language is used throughout to accommodate the many foreign visitors. The abstracts are printed in Acta Physiologica, which is one of the oldest physiological journals in the world (founded in 1889). The journal is healthy and is the main source of active income for the Society, which gives the money back to the members in the form of support to meetings, travel grants and many other activities.

From the very beginning, the Society has supported the congresses and ordinary meetings with fairly generous travel grants, thanks to means supplied by its journal, the Acta Physiologica. In addition to these ordinary member meetings, the Society also runs its own series of specialist symposia – Acta Physiologica International Symposia – and from time to time supports specialist meetings arranged by others in one of the Nordic countries.

About the European Society for Microcirculation (ESM)

The European Society for Microcirculation was founded in Hamburg in 1960 following a first meeting of interested scientists in Lund, Sweden in 1959, and now has 500-600 regular members. The aims of the Society are to advance understanding of the microcirculation by bringing together clinicians and scientists from a wide range of specialists, but including physiology, vascular biology, genetics and biophysics.

It is now widely recognized that involvement of the small blood vessels is fundamental to numerous disease processes including the spread of cancer, delayed healing, circulatory shock and the complications of diabetes. Such conditions affect people of all ages and result in considerable disability and premature death. New preventative measures and treatments are likely to rely on a more thorough understanding of how the small blood vesses fail in such conditions. By combining the efforts of both basic and clinical scientists, the Society is well poised to make significant contributions towards achieving such goals.

The Society has members in over 25 countries and 8 European countries are represented on the Executive Board.

Specific goals of the Society are to encourage and help young scientists to join this exciting and important field through Travel Awards to attend its meetings, as well as Career Development Awards to allow them to visit other institutions and learn new techniques. In addition, the Society encourages the development of microvascular science in other European countries and in particular the former Eastern bloc.

Since 1980, the Society has its own journal, the Journal of Vascular Research, an international publication of growing impact, through which the world wide scientific community is informed of the Society's endeavours.

About the European Vascular Biology Organisation (EVBO)

EVBO was launched in 2006, after discussion between European vascular biologists who recognised that there is a need for a democratic society to provide a united focus and forum for vascular biologists in Europe, primarily by organising conferences but also by maintaining and enhancing an interactive network of researchers; evolving from the experience of the previous European Vascular Biology Association and building on the achievements of the FP6 European Vascular Genomics Network (EVGN).

Membership is open to all European non-clinical and clinical scientists with an interest in vascular biology. The founding membership (around 200) was augmented to 450 by recruitment at the 4th European Meeting on Vascular Biology and Medicine (EMVBM) in Bristol in 2007 and more recently at the 5th EMVBM to 500 members. At present there is no directly charged fee for new members: anyone who wishes to join should email the secretary ().

EVBO is directed by a Council elected by the membership. Several new members have recently been elected to council with the retirement of eight members who are now listed as ex-officio.

About the American Physiological Society (APS)

The American Physiological Society  (APS) is a non-profit devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The Society was founded in 1887 with 28 members. APS now has over 10,500 members. Most members have doctoral degrees in physiology and/or medicine (or other health professions).
APS is governed by an elected Council consisting of a President, President-Elect, Past President, and nine Councillors. The National headquarters of the Society is based in Bethesda, Maryland, on the campus of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB).  APS is a member of FASEB, a coalition of 22 independent societies that plays an active role in lobbying for the interests of biomedical scientists.

About the Brazilian Physiological Society (SBFis)

The Brazilian Society of Physiology or "Sociedade Brasileira de Fisiologia (SBFis)" was founded in 1957 and during these past 55 years it has played an essential role for the development of Physiology in Brazil. Each year SBFis organizes a national congress of physiology, which is a very important activity for Brazilian Physiologists'. Today SBFis is proud to host the first, and for the immediate future, unique Brazilian National Multicenter Program for Graduation in Physiology with accreditation by CAPES, the federal agency for graduated programs in Brazil. This innovative Network Program for Graduation in Physiology developed by SBFis, integrates several traditional universities with new and developing universities all over Brazil, providing opportunities for young faculties and graduated students from these new institutions, mostly in the interior of the country, to be linked with the most advanced centers for research in Physiology in Brazil. With this Program, SBFis is contributing to the training of a new generation of Physiologists' and improving the quality of research in Brazil. In the recent past SBFis organized succesful Joint Meetings with the Latin-American Society of Physiology (2003) and also with The Physiological Society (2006). More recently SBFis is taking a leading role on developing and hosting important international congresses such as the 1st Pan-American Congress of Physiological Sciences (Physiology without borders) in Iguassu Falls in 2014, and also the 38th International Congress of IUPS (Rhythms of Life) in Rio de Janeiro in 2017. With these very important projects, SBFis and the Brazilian Physiologists' are actively contributing to the development of Physiology at national and international levels.

About the Canadian Physiological Society (CPS)

The Canadian Physiological Society is a non-profit society that serves as a forum for the dissemination and discussion of scientific information of interest to researchers in Physiology and related Biological Sciences.
The major aims of the Society are to encourage research in the Physiological Sciences and to foster communication between members of the Canadian scientific community. The Society has one major meeting each year in January.

About the Chinese Association of Physiological Sciences (CAPS)

Physiological Society (Chinese Association for Physiological Sciences, abbreviated as CAPS) Chinese physiological scientists voluntary national academic and science of corporate social groups, is part of the China Association for Science and Technology, whose purpose is to promote our scientific and technological progress, economic revitalization and social development, so this will become important social force in promoting our country the physiological scientific talent to grow and improve, and promote the development and popularization of Physiological Sciences in China, promote physiological science and technology and economic integration, and to strengthen international academic exchanges and cooperation. 
This will carry forward the "respect knowledge, respect talent, fashion, and advocate the spirit of" dedication, innovation, pragmatism, collaboration "unite physiological scientists to carry out continuing education and popularization of physiological science and technology for the prosperity and development of China's science and technology career knowledge, to promote the achievements contribute to talent and international exchanges.
The Physiological Society of Japan (PSJ) was founded in 1922 when the first meeting was organized with contributions of 37 papers. Since then, the Society's scientific meeting has been held annually except in 1944 and 1945 when all social activities suffered from tremendous difficulties resulting from the World War II. The activities of PSJ were quickly revived after the end of the war, and the Society now has about  3,000 members. Its aim is to promote research in the physiological sciences by providing free communications to members and by actively committing itself to the national and international scientific communities. Besides an Annual Meeting, the Society has frequent regional meetings in 8 major regions.  2012 marks our 90th Anniversary of our founding.