Society Themes

Themes and specialities help Members join like-minded networks where they can discuss their latest findings and forge new collaborations.

Choose your Themes

The Society is arranged around seven Themes that focus on different areas of physiology research. Within those themes are 23 overlapping specialities, thus enabling scientists to align their abstracts or presentations according to both a Theme and speciality. The attached matrix gives an idea of how this flexibility works.

What should I choose?

Please choose your Themes and specialities on the Member Portal. These can be as extensive as you wish. You can be involved with any activity of The Society, regardless of Theme or speciality. We have a group of Theme Leads who are passionate about physiology and committed to providing relevant, topical symposia and meetings that suit their Themes. They are working hard in tandem with the Conferences Committee to shape future events and would love to hear from you. Read a bit more about each of Themes and their Leads on the pages linked below to help you decide.  For any questions, email us at themes@physoc.org

What are the Themes?

What are the specialities?

The Society has 23 specialities (formerly known as SIGs, or special interest groups) that showcase the wide variety of research topics that fall under the umbrella of physiology. Each speciality is associated with a number of our broader Themes, which are sub-disciplines of physiology.

Download our Specialities Matrix.

SpecialityAbbreviationAssociated Themes
Cardiovascular, respiratory & autonomicCRACNeuroscience, Endocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
Cellular neurophysiologyCNNeuroscience, Metabolic Physiology, Education & Teaching
Cellular signallingCSNeuroscience, Endocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Comparative physiologyCPNeuroscience, Endocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Epithelia and membrane transportEMTCardiac & Vascular Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Gastrointestinal tractGITEndocrinology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Health and wellbeingHWNeuroscience, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Education & Teaching
Heart and cardiac muscleHCMCardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Education & Teaching
Human physiologyHPCardiac & Vascular Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
Ion channelsICNeuroscience, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
LocomotionLNeuroscience, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
Microvascular and endothelial physiologyMEPEndocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Muscle contractionMCNeuroscience, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
Neural development and plasticityNDPNeuroscience, Education & Teaching
NeuroendocrinologyNENeuroscience, Endocrinology, Metabolic Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Placental and perinatal physiologyPPEndocrinology, Metabolic Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Renal physiologyRPEndocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Respiratory physiologyRespNeuroscience, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Sensorimotor controlSMCNeuroscience, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
Sensory functionsSFNeuroscience, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
Smooth muscleSMEndocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching
Somatosensory physiologySSPNeuroscience, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Education & Teaching
TeachingTENeuroscience, Endocrinology, Cardiac & Vascular Physiology, Metabolic Physiology, Human Environmental & Exercise Physiology, Epithelia & Membrane Transport, Education & Teaching

Who are the Theme Leads?

Theme Leads represent one of The Society’s seven Themes as a main academic co-ordinator of the topic area. They act as the focal point for Members, helping to promote the Theme activities and encourage Members and non-Members to participate in Society events.

Cardiac & Vascular Physiology

Neuroscience

Human, Environmental & Exercise Physiology

Endocrinology

Metabolic Physiology

Education & Teaching

Epithelia & Membrane Transport

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