University of Southern Indiana
About the Conference


Unless otherwise indicated, ALL conference activities will be held in Carter Hall on the second floor of the USI University Center (UC) West wing.

8:30-9:30 a.m.

Registration, continental breakfast
     University Center - second floor concourse

9:30-9:45 a.m. Welcome and announcements
9:45-10:45 a.m. Keynote:  Dr. Joey Barnett, Vanderbilt Medical School
10:45-11:30 a.m. Poster Session
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Oral presentations (4, 12 minutes each with 3 minutes Q & A)







Evan Niemeier

Graduate Student

Ball State University GPR120 Controls Ghrelin Secretion From Stomach


Stacey L. Dineen

Graduate Student


Indiana University School of Medicine


Exenatide specifically enhances Ca2+ buffering by SERCA in coronary smooth muscle cells from lean, healthy Ossabaw swine


Iman Mahoui

High School Student

Eman Schools

Targeting brain tumor stem cells through natural antioxidants


Abass Conteh

Graduate Student

Indiana University School of Medicine

Cardiac responses to GLP‐1 Receptor activation are impaired in the setting of metabolic syndrome


12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Breakout sessions (choose one)
*Careers in Physiology - Carter Hall
*Physiology Classroom Activities - UC East 2219-2220
*Preparing for  your academic future - UC East 2207

2:30-3:30 p.m. Keynote:  Dr. Derek Leishman, Eli Lilly
3:30-4 p.m. Poster session and refreshments  
4-5 p.m.

Oral presentations (4, 12 minutes each with 3 minutes Q & A)






Xin Tong

Graduate Studen

 Indiana University school of medicine Beta Cell SERCA2b Protein Stability is Regulated Via Nitric Oxide- and AMPK-Dependent Pathways Under Inflammatory Diabetic Conditions


Amanda Feagan

Undergraduate Student


University of Evansville


Alterations in orexin neuropeptide levels may contribute to neuroadaptive changes that lead to addiction

4:30 Irushi S. Abeysekera

Graduate Student

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Rescue of cognitive deficits in a Down syndrome mouse model with Epigallocatechin-3-gallate


Yi-Chun Chen

Graduate Student

Indiana University School of Medicine


Mitogen-inducible gene 6 haploinsufficiency protects mice against streptozotocin-induced diabetes

5-5:30 p.m. Awards and closing

*Careers in Physiology - designed for junior/senior level undergraduates, graduate, and post-doctoral students.  This panel discussion will include professional members of academia and industry from throughout Indiana.  Great opportunity to network!

*Physiology Classroom Activities -
designed for high school and undergraduate educators. This "hands on" session will introduce physiology based activities that have been successful in the classroom.  Come and share!
*Preparing for  your academic future -
designed for high school and early undergraduate students.  This panel discussion will include undergraduate, graduate, and medical students eager to share their academic path.  A professional health careers advisor will monitor the session.  Come with questions!

The Indiana Physiological Society exists to promote the increase of physiological knowledge, its dissemination, and its utilization in the State of Indiana.  Advancing the field of physiology will be sought in molecular, cellular, organ, and integrative systems in basic and applied disciplines of research to unite physiologists in Indiana.

We ask that you encourage all your colleagues and students to join the chapter.  We are particularly interested in recruiting undergraduate and high school students who do not typically attend national meetings.  If you know any high school teachers and their students who are involved in upper-level courses such as Anatomy/Physiology, please invite them to join us for the next chapter meeting.  To add people to our mailing list, send an email to  Please include names, email addresses, phone numbers, and workplace mailing addresses.

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