Dear Colleagues:

As you are aware, the United States will be the host country for the 2005 IUPS Congress.  The meeting will be held from March 31 – April 5, 2005 in San Diego, California.  Now, with the Congress less than three years away, it is time for the members of the physiological community to begin defining the scientific content of the Congress.  As the Chair of the International Scientific Program Committee (ISPC), I invite you to make programming suggestions for all aspects of the Congress.

The theme of the Congress is “From Genomes to Functions” and the ISPC is seeking program suggestions that compliment the theme.  Your suggestions might be for symposia, workshops, featured topics, for individuals to present a distinguished lectureship in some area of physiology, or for novel programming ideas (e.g., the “Controversies” symposium held in New Zealand in 2001).  However, in making your suggestions, I urge you to include representation from around the world.

The ISPC would also like to solicit suggestions for Satellite meetings. The ISPC expects to designate approximately 20 satellite meetings of the IUPS 2005 Congress.  To be so designated, the satellite meeting must be held in the greater San Diego area (e.g., within a 150-mile radius of San Diego), be no more than two days in length, and be held either March 29-30 or April 6-7. 

The ISPC would like to receive all program suggestions by May 15, 2003.  Please help make the IUPS 2005 Congress a scientific success!

Sincerely yours,

Walter F. Boron, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, International Scientific Program Committee
IUPS 2005

Guidelines for Symposia at the 2005 IUPS Congress:

Symposia are in-depth presentations with multiple invited speakers that discuss timely topics that are of interest to the physiological community. Symposia are two-hour sessions that generally do not have more than five speakers, including the symposium chair. Symposium organizers should consider multidisciplinary approaches and the contribution at multiple levels of investigation.  Organizers are encouraged to include scientists from outside of the host country, the United States, on the symposium program.

Each symposium organizer will be allocated monies for use in the reimbursement of relevant travel expenses (airfare, per diem, housing, etc.) of invited speaker(s). Each organizer will be allocated $5,000 from IUPS funds to support the participation of speakers in the meeting. The allocation of funds will be at the discretion of the symposium organizer(s). The organizer may raise additional funds from outside sources (pharmaceutical companies/industry) if so desired.<  However, such efforts should be coordinated with the IUPS 2005 Secretariat.   All invited speakers will also receive complimentary registration.

Guidelines for Featured Topics at the 2005 IUPS Congress:

Featured topics are similar to mini-symposia in that they are oral sessions that are designated prior to the mailing of the Call for Abstracts.<  Featured topics include a session title, chairperson and one or two featured presenters (invited speakers). Featured presenters, or invited speakers, may present work not represented by a submitted abstract. All other presentations in a featured topic are selected from the submitted abstracts. Authors of abstracts choose the preferred featured topic category from the Call for Abstracts as an indication that they are willing to present their research in both an oral and a poster format. Either the chairperson of the featured topics session or the International Scientific Program Committee is responsible for selecting which abstracts to include in the featured topic session. Each featured topic session will be allocated $1,000, which can be used to support the participation of the featured presenters. In addition, each featured topic receives up to two complimentary registrations for the featured presenters and/or the session chair.

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