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!

Here are tentative lists of planned symposia and themed sessions:

  • Studying the evolution of host-parasite interactions: advantages of combining mechanistics and evolutionary approaches
  • Physiology of thermal tolerance in ectotherms: Mechanisms of plasticity and adaptation
  • Aquatic acidification and fishes: challenges, controversy, and future directions
  • Improving risk assessment and recovery of threatened species through consideration of physiological mechanisms
  • The Evolution of Endothermy – From Patterns to Mechanisms
  • The evolution of neuropeptides – a stroll through the animal kingdom
  • Transgenerational inheritance and phenotype plasticity
  • Biological Clocks: Diversity and Common Themes among Vertebrates
  • Evolution and function of visual and non-visual photoreceptors
  • Molecular, genetic and anatomical bases of invertebrate photoperiodism and seasonality
  • Primates and Insects: Parallel Evolution of Multimodal Foraging Ecology
  • Recent advances in olfactory learning and memory: homology and diversity from worms to mammals
  • Living at low pace: From the whole organism to the molecule
  • Hitting a wall: the pace of flexible adjustments to acute environmental change
  • Oxidative stress in aquatic ecosystems: Integrating responses to multiple stressors
  • Trade-offs as a cornerstone of evolutionary physiology: beyond energetics
  • Preparation for Oxidative Stress: Evolution, Ecophysiology and Molecular Mechanisms
  • Osmoregulatory adaptations of aquatic animals to environmental challenges
  • Aquatic invertebrate neurobiology: the impact of disruptors on neurogenesis, repair, metabolism and reproduction
  • Pheromones and kairomones: Identities, detection and modes of action
  • Mitochondrial plasticity: how to perform in a constraining environment
  • Gas transfer: from sensory mechanisms to cardiorespiratory responses
  • Evolution of hypoxia tolerance
  • Coping with environmental thermal challenges
  • Membranes and energy metabolism
  • Physiological implications of body size
  • Energetics of endurance and sprint locomotion
  • Locomotion biomechanics
  • Neurobiology of locomotion
  • The energetics of brain function
  • Neuroethology: linking neural mechanism to adaptive behaviour
  • The physiology of stress: mechanisms to responses
  • Comparative mitochondrial physiology
  • Reproductive physiology across the vertebrates
  • Intergenerational responses to the environment
  • Comparative models in health sciences
  • Physiological basis of individual variation
  • Computational approaches in comparative physiology 
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of acid-base regulation
  • Physiology of ageing
  • Development of physiological phenotypes  



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

Jean-Michel Weber   Chair, Scientific Program Committee

Local Organizing Committee e-mail: 


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