News Article | May 24, 2017
Ganeden's 25th study, which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology from the American Physiological Society, focused on the strain's positive effect when used in combination with HMB. The study looked into the body's inflammatory response and muscle integrity during 40-days of intense military training. The results showed that not only does HMB provide its previously studied benefits, but muscle integrity may also be better maintained when the supplementation is combined with GanedenBC30. In a study published in Beneficial Microbes from Wageningen Academic Publishers, research was conducted using a validated in vitro model of the stomach and small intestine to provide further evidence that GanedenBC30 increases plant protein digestion, with samples used from pea, soy and rice sources. The study results confirmed previous findings on GanedenBC30's protein utilization benefits, and became the 26th study to be published for the company. "Probiotic awareness is at an all-time high, but many still associate them primarily with digestive support, and don't realize that the benefits are strain specific—meaning not every strain has the same effects. We knew the specific health benefits of GanedenBC30 went far beyond digestion, and have worked with a variety of third-party research experts to explore these additional effects," said David Keller, vice president of scientific operations at Ganeden. "Consumers want multi-functional foods and beverages with ingredients that provide a variety of health benefits, and using a probiotic strain like GanedenBC30 that supports the function of other ingredients is a win for both manufacturers and consumers." Ganeden will continue its ongoing research into the benefits of its probiotic technologies, with additional studies currently underway. For more information on Ganeden, its scientific research and the full line of probiotic technologies, visit GanedenProbiotics.com. Ganeden® is at the forefront of probiotic research and product development with an extensive library of published studies and more than 130 patents for probiotic technologies in the supplement, food, beverage, animal health, sports nutrition and personal care ingredients markets. Ganeden is best known for GanedenBC30® it's patented, FDA GRAS, highly stable probiotic ingredient. Through the fermentation process of GanedenBC30, Ganeden developed Bonicel®, the first science-backed, probiotic-derived, personal care ingredient shown to dramatically reduce signs of aging. Ganeden's newest ingredient, Staimune™ is patented probiotic technology comprising of inactivated GanedenBC30 which has immune benefits. For more information about Ganeden and licensing opportunities visit GanedenProbiotics.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ganeden-publishes-25th-and-26th-scientific-studies-on-the-probiotic-benefits-of-ganedenbc30-300463197.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. (May 24, 2017) -- When a person loses a hand to amputation, nerves that control sensation and movement are severed, causing dramatic changes in areas of the brain that controlled these functions. As a result, areas of the brain devoted to the missing hand take on other functions. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found evidence of specific neurochemical changes associated with lower neuronal health in these brain regions. Further, they report that some of these changes in the brain may persist in individuals who receive hand transplants, despite their recovered hand function. "When there is a sudden increase or decrease in stimulation that the brain receives, the function and structure of the brain begins to change," said Carmen M. Cirstea, M.D., Ph.D., research assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and lead author of the study. "Using a noninvasive approach known as magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to examine areas of the brain previously involved with hand function, we observed the types of changes taking place at the neurochemical level after amputation, transplantation or reattachment." Cirstea, with co-author Scott Frey, Ph.D., the Miller Family Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Departments of Psychological Sciences and Neurology, used MRS to evaluate the neuronal health and function of nerve cells of current hand amputees, former amputees and healthy subjects. The researchers instructed volunteers to flex their fingers to activate sensorimotor areas in both sides of the brain. The research team then analyzed N-acetylaspartate (NAA) levels, a chemical associated with neuronal health. The researchers found that NAA values for the reattachment and transplant patients were similar to levels of amputees and significantly lower than the healthy control group. "Previous research has found substantial reorganizational changes in the brain following limb injuries that decrease sensory and motor stimulation following limb injuries," Frey said. "These findings show that after surgical repairs, the effects of nerve injuries on the mature brain may continue even as former amputees recover varying degrees of sensory and motor functions in replanted or transplanted hands." Due to the small number of reattachment and transplant patients studied (5), the researchers said that the results should be interpreted with caution until more work is completed. The study, "Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Current Hand Amputees Reveals Evidence for Neuronal-level Changes in Former Sensorimotor Cortex," was published in the Journal of Neurophysiology, and was recognized by the American Physiological Society as one of the top original research papers published in April 2017. Research reported in this publication was supported by the United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity Grant, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Grant, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Defense. The researchers have no conflicts of interest to declare related to this study.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 15.00K | Year: 2013
The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) will hold the XXXVII International Congress of Physiological Sciences in Birmingham, UK, July 21-26, 2013. The American Physiological Society (APS) will administer a travel grant program offering a limited number of travel awards to qualified scientists interested in attending the IUPS Congress. The APS has conducted a travel grant program and assisted U.S. scientists engaged in physiological research and its applications to attend Congresses every four years since the IUPS Congress was held in Buenos Aires in 1959. Most recently, the APS managed a travel award program for US physiologists for the IUPS Congress in 2009 in Kyoto, Japan. Special emphasis will be given to investigators within 15 years of receiving their doctoral degree and to women and under-represented minority scientists. Travel awards resulting from this proposal will be directed to individuals working in the research areas supported by the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems. Travel awards will 1) promote widespread participation of young scientists with an emphasis on women and under-represented minorities; 2) interest new investigators and students in pursuing research designed to understand physiological processes and traits; and 3) provide opportunities for the development of collaborative interactions with scientists from the United States and those working in other countries. The scientific program for the XXXVII Congress was developed by an international program committee with representatives both from the host society, The Physiological Society, and the IUPS. The program is organized around a number of IUPS Commissions. Traditionally, the one most relevant to NSF is associated with the Commission for Comparative Physiology: Evolution, Adaptation & Environment. While the sessions associated with this Commission are most relevant, there are many others that should be of interest to comparative physiologists, providing physiological insights related to their comparative studies.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Physiolg Mechansms&Biomechancs | Award Amount: 15.50K | Year: 2014
This award provides participant support for an American Physiological Society (APS) Intersociety Meeting on Comparative and Evolutionary physiology to be held October 5-8, 2014, in San Diego, CA. This APS Intersociety Meeting will be the sixth in a series of meetings, held every four years, on the topic of comparative and evolutionary physiology. This has been a highly successful series, attracting 400-600 attendees, with a high proportion of international, female, and junior scientists. The APS Intersociety Meeting on Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology is one of only a limited number of international meetings solely dedicated to the dissemination of recent conceptual and technological advances in this diverse and exciting area. The theme of the meeting will be Comparative Approaches to Grand Challenges in Physiology. This theme emphasizes the application of the Krogh Principle to solve major physiological questions and features the grand challenges concept articulated by the National Sciences Foundation. Examples of such challenges include evaluating the mechanistic responses of animals to changing environments, using genomes to inform physiology and vice versa, understanding the benefits (and assumptions) of animal models of human disease, and teaching integrative animal physiology to the next generation of scientists. Support from the award will: 1) fund trainee workshops on The Challenge of Teaching Physiology in a Changing Environment: Innovations and Resources and Non-Traditional Career Paths for Comparative Physiologists; and 2) promote the participation of young scientists in this Intersociety Meeting through the establishment of NSF-funded travel awards.
This meeting is anticipated to have tremendous impact on the field of comparative and evolutionary physiology and considerable influence on the development of young scientists in this area. The trainee workshops will provide valuable insights into career development and teaching methods that will ensure continued progress and vitality of this important area of physiology. Along with travel awards, this proposal will extend the reach of this meeting by (a) attracting a larger number of participants to this meeting and (b) recognizing the most meritorious research contributions by young investigators in this area. The funds will augment the APS contribution to travel and minority access awards, thereby improving support for young and minority investigators and broadening the impact of this APS Intersociety Meetings.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: TUES-Type 1 Project | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2014
This incubator project is establishing the Physiology Educators Community of Practice (PECOP) which centers primarily on undergraduate education, but encompasses multiple teaching levels (K-12, grad/professional), including international and novice educators. PECOP also promotes strong participation by faculty at institutions serving underrepresented students. The American Physiological Society (APS) has developed key components to support the PECOP, including a National Science Digital Library with tools to build and support teaching and learning communities (APS Archive of Teaching Resources, www.apsarchive.org), online faculty development to promote online community involvement, and new support for a biannual conference on teaching and learning which will offer workshops and sessions for faculty from all types of institutions. The conference serves as a forum to build the PECOP structure and recruit participants, encouraging educators to interact, share resources, and collaborate on an ongoing basis. It also provides an opportunity for physiology educators to learn how to use scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) methodologies to improve their teaching and offers teaching professional skills training for new physiologists.
This RCN-UBE project is using Archive community tools and the teaching conference to organize and launch PECOP, a support community that provides resources, training, mentoring, and community benefits for the teaching of physiology. In the organizational stages, the project is recruiting Thought Leaders who will guide discussions at the conference and online on key topics such as curriculum development, student-centered learning, assessment, effective undergraduate research experiences, and SOTL methods. Finally, the project is providing support to promote participation in PECOP via regional and national meetings of physiology educators.
The Intellectual Merit of this initiative is the creation of an active community of practice (COP) that will increase the overall impact and effectiveness of physiology, which is among the most common undergraduate course topics worldwide. PECOP will encourage and support best teaching practices, evidence-based teaching and preparation of new educators to work with diverse students through training, resource sharing, and mentoring in live and online settings.
Broader Impacts of PECOP lie in its engagement of physiologists from diverse institutions, the support for collaborations among new and experienced educators to share educational research and best practices, and the important communication forum it provides across educational levels (undergrad-grad-professional).
This project is funded jointly by the Directorate for Biological Sciences and the Directorate of Education and Human Resources, Division of Undergraduate Education in support of efforts to address the challenges posed in Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education: A Call to Action http://visionandchange.org/finalreport/.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: CROSS-EF ACTIVITIES | Award Amount: 535.00K | Year: 2012
The American Physiological Society (APS) will address critical needs for increased diversity among physiologists conducting integrative organismal systems (IOS) biology research by building an annual cohort of underrepresented (UR) undergraduate students engaged in IOS research working with members of APS Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section (CEPS).
APS will build on the strengths of its existing programs to create long-term solutions to specific needs for increasing diversity in the IOS field. The APS IOSP Fellows will conduct research during the summer, present at APS conferences, gain skills through online professional development activities, and become proponents for IOS research via APS social media outlets and Physiology Understanding Week. APS expects IOSP Fellows to become active participants in the IOS professional community and will evaluate both short- and long-term impacts of the Fellowship. The project will increase the number of UR students participating in IOS-related research; develop a professional network of support among UR students and researchers; and increase understanding of, and interest in IOS careers among the target group of students.
APS will also create a resource collection on supporting students with disabilities in the research lab. The collection will be freely available via APS NSDL digital library, the Archive of Teaching Resources (www.apsarchive.org).
With diversity as a national imperative in STEM fields, this project will create and evaluate resources to improve research hosts skills in working with UR students from broad backgrounds and with diverse needs and resources for engaging UR undergraduates in research experiences, in professional socialization activities, and as advocates for science to the general public. This will provide a model for other scientific societies in identifying and addressing specific needs in their ongoing diversity efforts, which will be shared with the community at the PI meeting.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 400.00K | Year: 2012
This education project is developing, field-testing, and widely disseminating a set of teaching modules
for building graduate student skills in publication ethics to address the need to provide relevant and current knowledge of and appreciation for the facts and principles of the eight most common publication ethics issues, as well as the tools needed to integrate and apply the guidelines to actual situations using professional standards of practice. These tools are for use by higher education institutions, laboratory groups, individuals, and professional societies and incorporate proven materials and methods, as well as novel approaches. They are effective for US and international graduate students in science and engineering programs and integrate easily into Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. An online Community of Practice (COP) is being designed to engage trainees and experienced scientists and engineers in ongoing discussions about scientific publishing, publication ethics, and professional standards of practice in these areas.
The American Physiological Society (APS) has extensive experience in the development and implementation of professional skills, training programs, and professional development programs in science, including for women and minorities. The collaborating societies (Society for Biological Engineers and Biomedical Engineering Society) and the Project Advisory Board include exceptionally qualified researchers, editors, and educators not only in physiology but also in engineering, research integrity, and ethics education. The outcomes are therefore expected to be broadly applicable in science and engineering across a variety of institution types including those who serve under-represented groups, especially as the materials and evaluation results are being disseminated via websites and digital libraries as well as via education journal articles and presentations and ongoing courses offered by the APS and other participating organizations.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 521.45K | Year: 2011
In this NSDL Usage Development Workshops project the American Physiological Society is transforming its existing resource repository to a dynamic platform (the Archive) supporting a community of biology educators. Participating faculty are using new Archive tools to promote discussion, sharing, and recommendations of teaching resources and strategies focusing on both how to use resources and their effectiveness in the classroom, with an eye towards forming a reflective community of practice. To organize participants, the project is creating and supporting like-minded User Groups of faculty who teach similar courses at similar institutions. Furthermore, the project is providing online faculty development workshops - Archive Scholar Online Workshops - to teach expanded skills for finding and using high quality online materials and for annotating and sharing these resources with colleagues. The strong intellectual merit of this approach is enhanced by the projects evaluation of these tools and professional development activities for their impacts on faculty skills and behaviors using a quasi-experimental design. The projects broader impacts are felt through its designation of faculty who complete these professional development activities as Archive Scholars, thus identifying a cadre of faculty leaders. In addition, the project is devoting special attention to recruiting and supporting minority faculty and faculty from historically minority institutions for both the User Groups and Archive Scholars activities.
News Article | March 2, 2017
2017 is barely two months old, so New Year’s fitness resolutions are still mostly being honored, as people continue to watch what they eat and exercise furiously. As so often happens, however, it won’t last more than a few weeks, and that could readily lead to fat increase and weight gain. According to a study published by the American Physiological Society, researchers found that yo-yo exercising – months of regular exercise followed by a long relapse into very little, if any, exercise – is ineffective at best and seriously fat-inducing at worst. “Yo-yo exercising is as impactful on your health and weight gain as yo-yo dieting is,” Dr. Goldman said. “While intense exercise may have benefits for the heart and skin, It’s a common misconception that heavy exertion while exercising – such as cycling or running on the treadmill for 45-60 minutes – burns significantly more calories and ramps up your metabolism more than following the recommended moderate 20-25-minute routine. As a result, many people think they have a calorie deficit that allows them to maintain their weight and reduce fat even if they stop exercising for a few weeks.” Researchers found that the metabolism of participants who underwent three weeks of intense exercise adapted to the routine and began to store the participants’ extra energy in the form of fat. Accordingly, when the participants stopped exercising, their bodies quickly began the process of adipocyte hyperplasia, or they simply began growing fat cells at an alarming rate. Furthermore, research found that the type of exercise is irrelevant. “Although it shouldn’t have been, it was surprising to learn that all types of athletes doing various sports were affected the same – runners, swimmers, martial artists, cyclists, cross fitness enthusiasts, etc.,” Dr. Goldman said. “The participants all put on noticeable amounts of weight once they stopped their intense exercising. Even worse, once the participants resumed their previous routines at the same intensity levels to try and lose what they had gained, they didn’t lose as much as was expected, which leads one to wonder how much this is contributing to the rise in obesity around the country.” Dr. Goldman and others in the medical and fitness communities advocate moderate exercise on a consistent basis along with intense exercise to build muscle and improve the cardiovasculature system . Individuals enduring this type of yo-yo exercise effect do have additional options for reducing fat, including a variety of cosmetic body sculpting procedures, such as liposuction and CoolSculpting, among others. Maintaining a consistent diet and exercise routine in addition to undergoing a liposuction or body contouring procedure can help ensure long-lasting results. To learn more about body sculpting treatments that aid in reaching fat reduction goals that diet and exercise cannot, visit http://Liposuction-SanDiego.com/Stomach-Fat-Removal/. “I would caution individuals who have just started a new exercise routine for the new year to include in their exercise routine a stable form of exercise in moderation,” Dr. Goldman said. “Don’t only overdo it, as that’s a common reason for quitting – it takes too much time or it eventually gets tiresome; furthermore, don’t treat yourself to a piece of cake or an extra slice of bacon on your burger too often as a reward for hitting exercise goals. A simple, consistent regimen of walking, running, cycling, weight-training, hiking, or even doing yard work is better in the long run than on-again, off-again exercise routines.” Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is an esteemed cosmetic clinic located in beautiful San Diego, California. The team of board-certified dermatologists is committed to providing each and every patient with the highest level of care in a comfortable setting. Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s dermatologists are all highly respected in the field for their use of innovative treatments, involvement in advanced medical research, and continued participation in clinical trials. For more information please visit http://www.CLDerm.com
News Article | February 16, 2017
Join us in Chicago or register for virtual newsroom access BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 16, 2017 - World-renowned scientists will present pioneering research and discuss key issues affecting the life sciences at the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting (EB 2017), the premier annual meeting of six scientific societies in Chicago to be held April 22-26. Register for a free onsite press pass to see these speakers in person. Or, stay up to date on all the exciting research news at EB 2017 through the new EB Virtual Newsroom, your one-stop shop for press releases, meeting information and blog posts. EB 2017 will feature the latest advances in anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology and physiology. This year's speaker line-up includes presentations from the following leading scientists: Want to hear these speakers and follow hundreds of other research announcements at EB 2017? Here are your next steps: Learn More about the Virtual Newsroom: Get press releases, multimedia & news tips online View the Preliminary Program: Get the latest information on planned scientific sessions & events EB sponsoring societies include the American Association of Anatomists, American Physiological Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Society for Nutrition and American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.