Europhysiology, this time in Copenhagen, was a great experience!

Europhysiology 2022 marks the continuation of an ongoing and successful partnership between The Physiological Society, The Scandinavian Physiological Society, The German Physiological Society, and the Federation of European Physiological Societies. This series of meetings kicked off in London in 2018, with a dynamic congress that was widely praised by attendees. Set in beautiful Copenhagen, this year’s meeting continued this tradition. The organizers presented a high-calibre and diverse scientific programme (https://europhysiology2022.org/scientific-programme/), featuring world-class invited lecturers and symposia. It was good to have an in-person meeting again, offering ample opportunity to showcase exciting research with over 100 slots for oral communications and poster sessions placed centrally in the meeting programme. And it was good to see friends and colleagues again!

The highlights

Highlights of the programme were of course the plenary and keynote lectures. They underpinned once more the broad scope of physiology covering all organ systems and their functions.

Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecture 1 , Silvia Priori, University of Pavia

DNA and RNA molecules to mend the heart

“Inherited arrhythmias are severe conditions associated with premature mortality due to cardiac arrest.. The concept of developing an approach through gene therapy has gained interest… state of the art of the field will be presented and it will be accompanied by a comprehensive discussion of the challenges…”

Plenary Lecture 2, Peppi Karppinen, (publication name Koivunen) University of Oulu

Activation of the HIF pathway as a treatment option beyond anaemia

…” Preclinical data suggest that HIF-P4Hs could also be therapeutic targets for treating obesity, metabolic inflammation and atherosclerosis…although the contributions of the isoenzymes ..are inadequately understood…inhibition of HIF-P4H-2 mediated the most beneficial effects… these data provide specifications for future development of HIF-P4H inhibitors for treatment of metabolic and other diseases…”

Plenary Lecture 3, Gero Miesenböck, University of Oxford

Lighting Up the Brain

.…” in two decades, optogenetic control of neuronal activity has developed from a far-fetched idea to a widely used technique. My lecture will recount how this happened, drawing on the earliest and latest results from my lab. To illustrate what is now possible, I will present recent work on the regulation and function of sleep…”

(The Physiological Society`s Annual Review Prize Lecture)

Plenary Lecture 4, Volker Vallon, UCSD

The kidneys’ inner workings and needs – lessons from inhibiting a glucose transporter

… ” the basic idea of the therapeutic use of SGLT2 inhibitors is to lower the body’s glucose burden but the rationale to protect the kidneys goes much further. … We are only beginning to understand the integrated kidney response to inhibiting SGLT2″….

The City

Science aside, a great reason to attend Europhysiology 2022 was Copenhagen itself! As the cosmopolitan capital of Denmark, København never disappoints!

The entire programme was set at a conference centre in central Copenhagen, with easy access to Copenhagen living, bicycles, cafés, a creative melting pot of classical and modern architecture, and, of course, Danish design. To top it off, the conference dinner took place in Tivoli Gardens (https://www.tivoli.dk), one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, known for its ambience, concerts, excellent dining and artistic fireworks.

The congress venue

Address:

Tivoli Congress Center
Arni Magnussons Gade 2
1577 Copenhagen
Denmark