Europhysiology 2018

Drs Michéle Sweeney and Alison Howard, School of Biomedical Sciences, attended the inaugural, Europhysiology meeting.  A joint initiative between The Physiological Society and other European physiological societies, this meeting, in the heart of Westminister, brought together physiologists from across the world.

An extensive education and teaching themed programme included four oral communication sessions and the Teaching Prize lecture where Dr Louise Robson (University of Sheffield) described how she harnessed digital technologies to enhance student learning.

During the opening symposium on innovations in physiology education, Dr Sarah Hall reported that an amazing 8260 students from 140 countries enrolled in the first physiology MOOC run by The Physiological Society.

Across oral and poster sessions, communications focussed on gamification strategies, learning technologies, active learning through current and historical events and team-based learning, with our own presentation on preparing physiology students for group assessed work fitting well with these.

A stimulating programme included a variety of plenary lectures.  In a fascinating public lecture, Dr Daniel Martin described how his findings on effects of high altitude on the body, obtained from experiments carried out on Mount Everest, have helped in critical care.  Other highlights included comprehensive reviews of insulin secretion, oxygen-sensing, the glymphatic system and chronotherapy. We are already looking forward to Berlin 2020!

Publication: Preparing physiology students for group assessed work.  M. Sweeney, A. Howard. Europhysiology 2018 (London, UK) (2018) Proc Physiol Soc 41, C119.

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