Fall 2014

Annual Meeting 2015: From Cells to Community and Back!
Kristen Salomon, PhD, Program Chair

Twas four months before APS 2015 and all through the lands, many creatures were stirring, massaging their post-abstract submission hands!

What? ...too soon?

As the holiday season sets upon us (earlier every year), March 18-21 may seem far off, but the 2015 program is almost complete. But first, a plug for Savannah, GA. I have visited Savannah a number of times, and I have to say it is one of my favorite places. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler recently named Savannah the second friendliest city in the US. Some of you may remember the 2000 meeting in Savannah, and I am here to tell you that in 2015, the meeting hotel is on the same side of the river as the rest of Savannah. No ferries needed!

Our theme, From Cells to Community and Back, highlights APS’s commitment to understanding health and disease from all levels of analysis, micro to macro. In keeping with this theme, our plenary speakers will include Daniel J. Buysse, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Buysse will discuss his body of work examining the role of sleep in health. We are also lucky to have John F. Cryan, PhD, Professor & Chair, Anatomy & Neuroscience, join us from University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. He will discuss his groundbreaking work on stress and the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Finally, drawing upon local Georgia talent, William W. Thompson, PhD, Immunization Safety Branch, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia will present on the CDC’s important work examining health-related quality of life and well-being.

The program committee has put together a number of exciting invited symposia that highlight clinical work and basic science. Psychosomatic Medicine in Practice: International Approaches includes speakers from Asia and Europe. High Utilizers in Psychosomatic Medicine will focus on comorbid psychosomatic conditions and models of care for high utilizers. The Diversity Initiative will present a symposium on Behavioral Interventions with Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations. Finally, the symposium, Transdisciplinary approaches to Targeting Health Disparities: Linking Upstream Determinants to Downstream Interventions, will focus on disparities in the development of early onset breast cancer.

This year we will see a re-vamping of the lunch roundtable format. Based on feedback from past attendees, the program committee hopes to make the roundtables more accessible to trainees. Therefore, lunch roundtables at the 2015 meeting will be “BYOBB” or bring your own brown bag. The registration fee for a roundtable will be nominal compared to previous years, but attendees will be asked to bring their own lunch. The program will afford time to get lunch, and a list of nearby food vendors will be provided. Thus far, roundtable opportunities include Oken and McLean Award linked roundtables, APS meets PNIRS, and a trainee-focused roundtable.

Of course, the meeting will also include workshops, paper sessions and poster sessions. The workshop Acute Coronary Syndrome, Stroke, and Peripheral Arterial Disease will be presented in mini-med school format. The program will also include a workshop on sleep assessment. Soon our reviewers will tackle the many excellent submissions for papers and symposia, so more excellent programming is on its way!