Hannah Carrey Named 2016 Keynote Speaker

The Michigan Physiological Society is proud to announce Hannah Carey as the 2016 Keynote Speaker for the upcoming MPS conference in May, 2016 at Wayne State University.

Carey2Title: Seasonal Remodeling of the Host-Gut Microbe Symbiosis in Hibernation

Hibernating mammals undergo dramatic physiological changes during seasonal periods when ambient temperatures are low and food resources are scarce.  In small hibernators these include >95% reductions in metabolic rates, body temperatures close to freezing, heart and ventilation rates a fraction of normal and reliance on body fat to support energy needs.  Multiple aspects of hibernation biology hold promise for translation to biomedicine, including safe and reversal induction of metabolic depression, resistance to ischemia-reperfusion injury, maintenance of cardiac function at low temperatures, and preservation of musculoskeletal integrity after extended disuse.  Work in our laboratory on hibernating ground squirrels has revealed the resilience of the intestine to long periods of fasting.  Recently this work has been extended to understanding how hibernation affects the complex ecosystem of microbes that reside in the gut, and ultimately how hibernation affects the symbiotic relationship between hibernating mammals and their gut symbionts. This presentation will highlight the importance of considering host-microbial symbioses when studying the physiology of animals that undergo seasonal cycles of feeding and metabolism.


Hannah V. Carey, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.  She received her doctorate in Zoology from the University of California, Davis and postdoctoral training in intestinal transport physiology at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Carey’s research interests are in the areas of gastrointestinal physiology and hibernation biology. Her research program uses hibernating mammals as models for adaptation to extreme changes in physiology and nutrition, and the translation of hibernation biology to biomedicine.   Dr. Carey’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the US Army Research Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.  Dr. Carey has served on committees and in leadership roles in the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Physiological Society (APS). She served on the APS Council and as APS President from 2007-2008, and was the 2014 recipient of the August Krogh Distinguished Lectureship Award from the Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology Section of the APS.  She is currently on the Board of Directors of FASEB. Dr. Carey is the North American Editor of the Journal of Comparative Physiology B and is on the editorial advisory boards of Physiology, Annual Review of Physiology, Comprehensive Physiology and APSelect.  Dr. Carey was a Program Director at the National Science Foundation from 2010-2011 working in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems, and she currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Biology Directorate at NSF. Dr. Carey is the Director of the UW-Madison Biotron Laboratory, a facility that provides controlled environment space for plant, animal and material research and testing.

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