Scientific Program


The Local Organizing Committee of the International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry 2019 is actively working to organize an exciting meeting in Ottawa!


Torpor during development and after fire: implications for the evolution of mammalian endothermy and the survival of catastrophic events
Fritz Geiser1, Clare Stawski1,2, Chris B. Wacker1, Julia Nowack1,3
1 University of New England, Australia, 2 Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Norway, 3 John Moores University, UK
The heart of the world’s oldest vertebrate, the Greenland shark
Holly Shiels
University of Manchester, UK
Inter-individual variation as a window into physiological mechanisms and their evolution
Patricia Schulte
University of British Columbia, Canada
Naked mole-rats: Blind, naked, and feeling no pain
Thomas Park
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA



Aquatic acidification and fishes: challenges, controversy, and future directions

Organizers:  Graham Raby, Dominique Roche and Sandra Binning

1. Josefin Sundina & Timothy Clark, Reassessing the effects of ocean acidification on coral reef fish behaviour
2. Colin Brauner, Responses of Pacific salmon to CO2-induced aquatic acidification
3. Cosima Porteus, Near-future CO2 levels impair the olfactory system of a marine fish
4. Martin Tresguerres, Basic physiology provides insights about why ocean acidification may affect fish (or not)

Improving risk assessment and recovery of threatened species through consideration of physiological mechanisms

Organizers: Christine Madliger and Steven Cooke

1. Grant Gilchrist, Conservation Biology of Common Eiders in the Canadian Arctic: Contributions of ecophysiology
2. Jessica Mahoney, The applicability of physiology for conservation and management purposes: a case-study using the breeding season of the red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
3. Nann Fangue, Linking physiological and behavioral responses with effective conservation: lessons from California's endangered fishes
4. Michaël Beaulieu, Can oxidative markers be used to assess animal population health?

The Evolution of Endothermy – From Patterns to Mechanisms

Organizers:​ Martin Jastroch, Rebecca Oelkrug and Elias Polymeropoulos

1. Frank Seebacher, The evolution of regulatory mechanisms underlying endothermy
2. John Speakman, The disadvantages of endothermy
3. Glenn Tattersall, Endothermy in ectotherms
4. Michael Gaudry, Evolution of UCP1 and brown fat
5. Jason Treberg, Endothermy and the evolution of mitochondrial ROS metabolism
6. Julia Nowack, Muscle non-shivering thermogenesis

Biological Clocks: Diversity and Common Themes among Vertebrates

Organizers:​ Yoshitaka Fukada and Nicolas Cermakian

1. Yoshitaka Fukada, Post-translational regulation of clock proteins in mice
2. Nicolas Cermakian, Immune clocks in mice and humans and their interplay with pathogens
3. Nicholas Foulkes, Evolution of clock mechanisms of fish under different natural environments
4. Takashi Yoshimura, Comparative study of seasonal clocks in fish, birds and mammal
5. Lily Yan, Comparison of circadian properties between diurnal and nocturnal rodents

Evolution and function of visual and non-visual photoreceptors

Organizers:​ Daisuke Kojima and Joseph Corbo

1. Joseph Corbo, Molecular control of long-wavelength vision
2. Belinda Chang, Evolution and diversity of vertebrate opsins
3. Takahiro Yamashita, Structure and function of visual and non-visual opsins
4. Daisuke Kojima, Retinal photoreceptors regulating body color change in zebrafish
5. Tiffany Schmidt, New roles for an ancient photopigment: Melanopsin phototransduction modulates vision
6. Akihisa Terakita, New roles for an ancient photopigment: Melanopsin phototransduction modulates vision

Primates and Insects: Parallel Evolution of Multimodal Foraging Ecology

Organizers:​ Mamiko Ozaki and Robart Raguso

1. Amanda Melin, How diet shapes the visual and olfactory systems of primates
2. Toru Maeda, Chemical defense mechanism in plants and olfactory and gustatory reactions to it in insects
3. Hiroo Imai, How diet shapes the olfactory and gustatory systems of monkeys
4. Robert Gegear, Effect of multimodal sensory integration on adaptive decision-making in bumblebees

Recent advances in olfactory learning and memory: homology and diversity from worms to mammals

Organizers:​​ Yoshihiro Murata and Kyuhyung Kim

1. Kyuhyung Kim, Pheromone mediated behavioral plasticitiy in C. elegans
2. Ryota Matsuo, Aversive olfactory learning in the slug
3. Yukihisa Matsumoto, Olfactory memory in the cricket
4. Yoshihiro Murata, Pheromonal memory for sustaining pregnancy in the female mouse

Living at low pace: From the whole organism to the molecule

Organizers:​​ ​Sylvain Giroud and Ken Storey

1. Annika Herwig, Neuroendocrine mechanisms of torpor regulation in the Djungarian hamster
2. Roberto Nespolo, Hibernation in a marsupial: functional genomics, physiological mechanisms and adaptation
3. Rob Henning, Role of endogenous H2S production in torpor
4. Jérémy Terrien, Sex-differences in winter torpor energetics of the grey mouse lemur: insights from physiological and molecular approaches
5. Caroline Habold, Metabolic adaptations of hibernating species: a comparison between fat- and food-storing animals

Oxidative stress in aquatic ecosystems: Integrating responses to multiple stressors

Organizers:​​​ Rosa Freitas, Joanna Joyner-Matos and Maria Christina Vasquez

1. Inna Sokolova, Interactions of mitochondrial bioenergetics and oxidative stress in response to multiple stressors in marine organisms
2. Maria Christina Vasquez, Oxidative stress responses in Mytilus mussel congeners and regulation by sirtuins
3. Gloria Yépiz-Plascencia, Hypoxia affects apoptosis and cell cycle in shrimp
4. Claudia Bueno dos Reis Martinez, Oxidative stress biomarkers for the assessment of the effects of contaminants on freshwater organisms: tools for environmental monitoring
5. Rosa Freitas, Oxidative stress and metabolic impacts induced by emergent pollutants in marine bivalves under predicted climate change scenarios
6. José Pablo Vázquez-Medina, Effects of hypoxia and ischemia on oxidative stress and redox signaling in endothelial cells isolated from seals
7. Iván Gómez-Mestre, Physiological costs of adaptive plastic shifts in amphibian larval development

Preparation for Oxidative Stress: Evolution, Ecophysiology and Molecular Mechanisms

Organizers:​​​  Marcelo Hermes-Lima, Georgina Rivera Ingraham and Maximiliano Giraud Billoud

1. Marcelo Hermes-Lima, Direct proof that “Preparation for Oxidative Stress” happens in nature: evolutionary and eco-physiological considerations
2. Céline Audet, “Preparation for Oxidative Stress” in the hypoxic waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence
3. Maximiliano Giraud-Billoud, Physiological role of “non-classical” antioxidants in estivating/hibernating snails. A new look into “Preparation for Oxidative stress?”
4. Georgina Rivera-Ingraham, Relation between free radical formation and antioxidant defenses: lessons from intertidal invertebrates
5. Daniel Carneiro Moreira, Is there “Preparation for Oxidative Stress” in estivating frogs under natural field conditions of the Brazilian semi-arid Caatinga?
6. Ken Storey, Roles of transcription factors and post-translational modifications of antioxidant enzymes in the control of “Preparation for Oxidative Stress"

Adaptations to extreme and challenging environments

Organizer:  Vera Almeida-Val

1. Adalberto Luis Val, Fish of the Amazon and Global Warming Challenges
2. Göran Nilsson, Phenotypic plasticity of fish gills in response to the environment
3. Chris Wood, Lessons from the Amazon: how the physiology of Rio Negro fish has illuminated our understanding of an important but previously overlooked parameter in environmental physiology, dissolved organic carbon
4. Tyson MacCormack, Remodelling metabolism and stress in variable environments
5. Vera Almeida-Val, How fish will adapt to higher temperature and hypoxia: the evolution of ldh-a gene
6. Ken Storey, Epigenetics, Hypoxia and Metabolic control
7. David Randall, Death of the anthropological view with man on top

Osmoregulatory adaptations of aquatic animals to environmental challenges

Organizers:​​​ ​Bernardo Baldisserotto and Chris Wood

1. Bernardo Baldisserotto, Do freshwater teleosts and gastropods have similar osmoregulatory strategies to deal with pH changes?
2. Alex Zimmer and Steve Perry, Mechanisms of Na+ uptake by zebrafish acclimated to a very low ambient Na+ concentration
3. Carolina Freire, Environmental variability and osmoregulatory plasticity
4. Catherine Lorin-Nebel, Phenotypic plasticity and intraspecific variation in European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax following salinity change

Aquatic invertebrate neurobiology: the impact of disruptors on neurogenesis, repair, metabolism and reproduction

Organizers:​​​ ​ Silvana Allodi and Anapaula Sommer Vinagre

1. Barbara Beltz, From blood to brain: the immune system provides neural precursors responsible for adult neurogenesis
2. Silvana Allodi, Role of blood cells in the repair of the adult ascidian brain
3. Elena Fabbri, Monoamines in bivalves: physiological mechanisms and disruption by environmental factors
4. Enrique Rodriguez, Neuroendocrine control of crustaceans´ reproduction, and endocrine disruption caused by pollutants
5. Anapaula Vinagre, Neuroendocrine control of crustaceans´ metabolism and disruption by pollutants

Pheromones and kairomones: Identities, detection and modes of action

Organizers:​​​​  Peter Hubbard, Adelino Canário and Barbara Zielinski

1. Paul Moore, The role of kairomones in the behavior and ecology of crayfish: Diets, donors, and detection
2. Chuck Derby, Chemical communication in affiliation, aggression, and mating in decapod crustaceans
3. Maud Ferrari, The effects of environmental change on chemically-mediated antipredator responses in aquatic ecosystems
4. Heather Eisthen, Tainted love: olfactory detection of tetrodotoxin in rough-skinned newts (Taricha granulosa)

Mitochondrial plasticity: how to perform in a constraining environment

Organizers:​​​​ ​ Yann Voituron and Loïc Teulier

1. Karin Salin, Mitochondrial function determines winners and losers under constraining environment
2. Grant McClelland, Evolved differences in mitochondrial function at high altitude in deer mice
3. Christophe Lemoine, Regulatory network and metabolic plasticity
4. Damien Roussel, Thrifty mitochondria  to face environmental energetic challenges in penguins
5. Jason Treberg, How do mitochondria respond to acute warming


Charles-A. Darveau   President of IACPB; Chair, Local Organizing Committee

Jean-Michel Weber   Chair, Scientific Program Committee

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List of member societies of the International Association of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (IACPB)

ANZSCPB             Australia & New Zealand Society of CPB

APS/CEPS            American Physiological Society, Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section

CSZ                      Canadian Society of Zoologists

DZG                     Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft

ESCPB                  European Society of CPB

JSCPB                   Japanese Society for CPB

SASCPB                South American Society for CPB

SDP                      Societe de Physiologie

SEB                       Society for Experimental Biology

SICB/CPB             Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology, Division of CPB