The Experimental Physiology Early Career Author's Prize

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The Experimental Physiology Early Career Author's prize has been established to reward early career authors who publish outstanding research papers in Experimental Physiology which best meet the journal's remit of translation and integration.

Entries are invited from scientists who are the first author of a research article published in Experimental Physiology during the prize year. Authors will be asked if they are eligible to enter when their paper is accepted for publication. Senior authors of shortlisted articles will be asked to verify the extent of the first author's contribution to the article.

An author may have more than one manuscript considered for the prize. Only one prize can be awarded per manuscript or per author. Where more than one Early Author has contributed to a paper the prize will be split on the advice of the senior author. The winner will receive an award of $1000 US dollars and the runner up will receive an award of $500 US dollars.

Applicants must have received their research degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) less than 6 years before submitting the paper. In the case of candidates who have both a MD and PhD the date of the most recently awarded degree should be used. PhD students are also eligible to apply.

Entries will be judged by the Experimental Physiology Editorial Board from articles published during the prize year.

Prize results will be published in Experimental Physiology and Physiology News in the spring of the year following publication.

2016 Prize Winners


Runner up

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Havovi Chichger

Brittany A. Edgett

Experimental type II diabetes and related models of impaired glucose metabolism differentially regulate glucose transporters at the proximal tubule brush border membrane

SIRT3 gene expression but not SIRT3 subcellular localization is altered in response to fasting and exercise in human skeletal muscle

Havovi Chichger, Mark E. Cleasby, Surjit K. Srai, Robert J. Unwin, Edward S. Debnam, Joanne Marks Brittany A. Edgett, Meghan C. Hughes, Jennifer B. L. Matusiak, Christopher G. R. Perry, Craig A. Simpson, Brendon J. Gurd

Experimental Physiology Vol:101, Issue 6 
Pages:731–742, June 2016

Experimental Physiology Volume 101
Issue 8, pages 1101-1113, August 2016

Previous Winners



Shingo Takada: Curcumin ameliorates skeletal muscle atrophy in type 1 diabetic mice by inhibiting protein ubiquitination
Taisuke Ono, Shingo Takada, Shintaro Kinugawa, Hiroyuki Tsutsui

Runner Up:

Melissa Erickson:Skeletal muscle oxidative capacity in patients with cystic fibrosis
Melissa L Erickson, Nichole Seigler, Kathleen T McKie, Kevin K McCully, Ryan A Harris



Robert Regenhardt: Centrally administered angiotensin-(1–7) increases the survival of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats by Robert W. Regenhardt, Adam P. Mecca, Fiona Desland, Phillip F. Ritucci-Chinni, Jacob A. Ludin, David Greenstein, Cristina Banuelos, Jennifer L. Bizon, Mary K. Reinhard and Colin Sumners

Runner up
Martin Bahls: Mother's exercise during pregnancy programmes vasomotor function in adult offspring by Martin Bahls, Ryan D. Sheldon, Pardis Taheripour, Kerry A. Clifford, Kallie B. Foust, Emily D. Breslin, Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde, Ryan A. Cabot, M. Harold Laughlin, Christopher A. Bidwell and Sean C. Newcomer



Nathan Bracey: The Nlrp3 inflammasome promotes myocardial dysfunction in structural cardiomyopathy through interleukin-1β by Bracey NA, Beck PL, Muruve DA, Hirota SA, Guo J, Jabagi H, Wright JR Jr, Macdonald JA, Lees-Miller JP, Roach D, Semeniuk LM & Duff HJ

Runner up
Fan Ye: Overexpression of insulin-like growth factor-1 attenuates skeletal muscle damage and accelerates muscle regeneration and functional recovery after disuse by Ye F, Mathur S, Liu M, Borst SE, Walter GA, Sweeney HL & Vandenborne K


Marcia J. Abbott: AMPKα2 is an essential signal in the regulation of insulin-stimulated fatty acid uptake in control-fed and high fat-fed mice by Marcia J. Abbott, Silvana Constantinescu and Lorraine P. Turcotte

Runner up
Richard M. Bruce: Muscle afferent activation causes ventilatory and cardiovascular responses during concurrent hypercapnia in humans by Richard M. Bruce and, Michael J. White


Adam P Mecca: Cerebroprotection by angiotensin-(1–7) in endothelin-1-induced ischaemic stroke by Adam P. Mecca, Robert W. Regenhardt, Timothy E. O'Connor, Jason P. Joseph, Mohan K. Raizada, Michael J. Katovich, and Colin Sumners

Runner up
Charles C T Hindmarch: The transcriptome of the medullary area postrema: the thirsty rat, the hungry rat and the hypertensive rat by Charles C. T. Hindmarch, Mark Fry, Pauline M. Smith, Song T. Yao, Georgina G. J. Hazell, Stephen J. Lolait, Julian F. R. Paton, Alastair V. Ferguson, and David Murphy


Thomas O'Brien: In vivo measurements of muscle specific tension in adults and children by Thomas O’Brien, Neil D. Reeves, Vasilios Baltzopoulos, David A. Jones,and Constantinos N. Maganaris

Runner up
Thomas Seifert: Glycopyrrolate abolishes the exercise-induced increase in cerebral perfusion in humans by Thomas Seifert, James P. Fisher, Colin N. Young, Doreen Hartwich, Shigehiko Ogoh, Peter B. Raven,Paul J. Fadel and Niels H. Secher

Peter Rasmussen and Patrice Brassard joint first authors: Evidence for a release of BDNF from the brain during exercise by Peter Rasmussen, Patrice Brassard, Helle Adser, Martin V. Pedersen, Lotte Leick, Emma Hart, Niels H. Secher, Bente K. Pedersen, and Henriette Pilegaard

Runner up
Daniel Breseghello Zoccal: Sympathetic-mediated hypertension of awake juvenile rats submitted to chronic intermittent hypoxia is not linked to baroreflex dysfunction by Daniel Breseghello Zoccal, Leni GH Bonagamba, Julian F.R. Paton, and Benedito H Machado

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Crosslink between calcium and sodium signalling

Alexei Verkhratsky, Mohamed Trebak, Fabiana Perocchi, Daniel Khananshvili, Israel Sekler

Oxytocin mediates the beneficial effects of the exercise training on breast cancer

Ali Mohammad Alizadeh, Zahra Heydari, Mostafa Rahimi, Behzad Bazgir, Hossein Shirvani, Sadaf Alipour, Yassaman Heidarian, Solmaz Khalighfard, Amin Isanejad

Premature birth affects the degree of airway dysanapsis and mechanical ventilatory constraints

Joseph W. Duke, Igor M. Gladstone, A. William Sheel, Andrew T. Lovering

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Experimental Biology joint virtual issue 2017

Joint Virtual Issue - Experimental Biology 2017

Reflecting the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of life science research, this collection brings together articles published in the journals of the Biochemical Society, the British Pharmacological Society, ASPET and The Physiological Society. Key topics highlighted include neurobiology, gastrointestinal biology, obesity, nutrition, and epigenetics.

All articles are free to read until 31 May. We hope you enjoy our collection!


The repair Schwann cell and its function in regenerating nerves
The Journal of Physiology | K. R. Jessen & R. Mirsky | 10.1113/JP270874

What do we really know about newborn infant pain?
Experimental Physiology | Maria Fitzgerald | 10.1113/EP085134

Retrograde apoptotic signaling by the p75 neurotrophin receptor
Neuronal Signaling | Amrita Pathak & Bruce D. Carter  | 10.1042/NS20160007

Extracellular matrix inflammation in vascular cognitive impairment and dementia
Clinical Science | Gary A. Rosenberg | 10.1042/CS20160604

Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1): structure, distribution and roles in brain function and dysfunction
Biochemical Journal | Paul Bishop et al | 10.1042/BCJ20160082

Relaxin’ the brain: a case for targeting the nucleus incertus network and relaxin-3/RXFP3 system in neuropsychiatric disorders
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | Jigna Rajesh Kumar et al | 10.1111/bph.13564

Pharmacological comparison of a nonhuman primate and a rat model of oxaliplatin-induced neuropathic cold hypersensitivity
Pharmacology Research & Perspectives |Yuka Shidahara et al | 10.1002/prp2.216

Gastrointestinal biology

Endogenous and exogenous control of gastrointestinal epithelial function: building on the legacy of Bayliss and Starling
The Journal of Physiology | Kim E. Barrett | 10.1113/JP272227

Leptin modifies the prosecretory and prokinetic effects of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 on colonic function in Sprague–Dawley rats
Experimental Physiology | Maria M. Buckleyet al | 10.1113/EP085917

Gastrointestinal transport of calcium and glucose in lactating ewes
Physiological Reports | Stefanie Klinger et al | 10.14814/phy2.12817

Foxa2 and Hif1ab regulate maturation of intestinal goblet cells by modulating agr2 expression in zebrafish embryos
Biochemical Journal | Yun-Ren Lai et al| 10.1042/BCJ20160392

Age-associated modifications of intestinal permeability and innate immunity in human small intestine
Clinical Science | Angela L. Mani et al|10.1042/CS20150046

Prescription behavior for gastroprotective drugs in new users as a result of communications regarding clopidogrel – proton pump inhibitor interaction
Pharmacology Research & Perspectives | Willemien J. Kruik-Kollöffel et al| 10.1002/prp2.242

Octreotide s.c. depot provides sustained octreotide bioavailability and similar IGF-1 suppression to octreotide LAR in healthy volunteers
British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology | F Tiberg et al| 10.1111/bcp.12698

Hydrogen sulphide protects against NSAID-enteropathy through modulation of bile and the microbiota
British Journal of Pharmocology |RW Blackler et al| 10.1111/bph.12961


Resveratrol supplementation of high-fat diet-fed pregnant mice promotes brown and beige adipocyte development and prevents obesity in male offspring
The Journal of Physiology | Tiande Zou et al | 10.1113/JP273478

Oxidative stress and immunosenescence in spleen of obese mice can be reversed by 2-hydroxyoleic acid
Experimental Physiology | Alina Gheorghe et al | 10.1113/EP086157

Similar degrees of obesity induced by diet or aging cause strikingly different immunologic and metabolic outcomes
Physiological Reports | Kanthi B. Krishna at al | 0.14814/phy2.12708

Energy balalance, body composition, sedentariness and appetite regulation: pathways to obesity
Clinical Sciences | Mark Hopkins et al | 10.1042/CS20160006

New insight on obesity and adipose-derived stem cells using comprehensive metabolomics
Biochemical Journal |Annalaura Mastrangelo at al | 10.1042/BCJ20160241

A selective GPR40 (FFAR1) agonist LY2881835 provides immediate and durable glucose control in rodent models of type 2 diabetes
Pharmacology Research & Perspectives | Yanyun Chen et al | 10.1002/prp2.278

The effectiveness of pharmaceutical interventions for obesity: weight loss with orlistat and sibutramine in a United Kingdom population-based cohort
British Journal of Clinical Pharmocology | IJ Douglas et al | 10.1111/bcp.12578

Sodium butyrate epigenetically modulates high-fat diet-induced skeletal muscle mitochondrial adaptation, obesity and insulin resistance through nucleosome positioning
British Journal of Pharmocology | TM Henagan at al | 10.1111/bph.13058


Low carbohydrate, high fat diet impairs exercise economy and negates the performance benefit from intensified training in elite race walkers
The Journal of Physiology | Louise M. Burke et al | 10.1113/JP273230

Long term dietary quercetin enrichment as a cardioprotective countermeasure in mdx mice
Experimental Physiology | Christopher Ballmannl et al | 10.1113/EP086091

Undernutrition in pregnancy in mice leads to dysfunctional cardiac muscle respiration in adult offspring
Bioscience Reports |Brittany Beauchamp et al | 10.1042/BSR20150007

Blood triacylglycerols: a lipidomic window on diet and disease
Biochemical Society Transactions | Francis Saunders et al | 10.1042/BST20150235

The potential health effects of dietary phytoestrogens
British Journal of Pharmocology | Ivonne M C M Rietjens at al | 10.1111/bph.13622

Mediterranean diet, dietary polyphenols and low grade inflammation: results from the MOLI-SANI study
British Journal of Clinical Pharmocology |Marialaura Bonaccio at al | 10.1111/bcp.12924


Late gestational intermittent hypoxia induces metabolic and epigenetic changes in male adult offspring mice
The Journal of Physiology |Abdelnaby Khalyfa et al | 10.1113/JP273570

Multigenerational effects of fetal-neonatal iron deficiency on hippocampal BDNF signaling
Physiological Reports | Mariah B. Blegen et al | 10.1002/phy2.96

Epigenetic inheritance of proteostasis and ageing
Essays in Biochemistry | Cheryl Li & Olivia Casanueva | 10.1042/EBC20160025

Epigenetic regulation of skeletal muscle metabolism
Clinical Science | Kirsten F Howlet &, Sean L McGee | 10.1042/CS20160115

A saga of cancer epigenetics: linking epigenetics to alternative splicing
Biochemical Journal| Sathiya Pandi Narayanan et al | 10.1042/BCJ20160147

Downregulation of the Ca2+-activated K+ channel KCa3.1 by histone deacetylase inhibition in human breast cancer cells
Pharmacology Research & Perspectivesl | Susumu Ohya et al | 10.1002/prp2.228

Therapeutic perspectives of epigenetically active nutrients
British Journal of Pharmocology | M Remely et al | 10.1111/bph.12854