John Furness PhD FAA FAHMS Florey Institute, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
David Goldstein MD PhD Autonomic Medicine Section, CNP/DIR/NINDS, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA
Marc Kaufman Ph.D. Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA
Jeffrey Ardell PhD, Co-Chair ISAN 2019 UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, UCLA, Los Angeles CA, USA
Eve Marder PhD Professor of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA
Dr. Goldstein graduated in 1970 from Yale College, completed an MD/PhD at Johns Hopkins in 1976, came to the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, in 1978, and has been a continuously supported, tenured Senior Investigator at the NIH since 1984. He is an internationally recognized authority on catecholamines and autonomic disorders, with almost 600 publication, more than 100 cited more than 100 times, and more than 130 first-authored original research reports. Among his honors are the Society for Clinical and Translational Science’s Distinguished Investigator Award, the American Academy of Neurology’s Irwin Schatz Award in Autonomic Disorders, and the NIH’s Distinguished Clinical Teacher Award.
Professor John Furness leads the Digestive Physiology and Nutrition Laboratory at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health and the University of Melbourne, where he has appointments in the Medical and Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Faculties. He is best known for his work in unravelling the intrinsic circuits of the enteric nervous system, for the chemical coding hypothesis, and for the discovery and identification of sensory neurons intrinsic to the digestive tract.
The current emphases of his work are on (i) the relationships between diet, environment and gut health, and their implications for animal production and for human well-being; (ii) the influence on gut function of neuromodulatory therapies and their applicability to treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and gastroparesis; and (iii) the complexities of co-storage of gut endocrine hormones. He has worked closely with the pharmaceutical, medical devices and animal production industries.
He is one of the most highly cited Australian scientists. Google Scholar (January 2019) gives his h-index as 107, including 40,400 citations overall.
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 1989
Fellow, Academy of Science of Bologna (L'accademia delle scienze dell'istituto di Bologna), the second oldest scientific academy in existence, 2005
Centenary Medal, Govt of Australia, 2003
Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, 2017
He was one of the founders of ISAN
For the past thirty years my research has focused on the neural mechanisms that control the circulation during exercise. I have paid particular attention to one of these mechanisms, namely the exercise pressor reflex, which is evoked by metabolic and mechanical stimuli arising in exercising skeletal muscles and whose sensory arm is comprised of group III and IV afferents. Currently, we are investigating the exercise pressor reflex in rats whose hindlimb muscles are either freely perfused or have had their femoral arteries ligated. In both preparations, we focus on determining the responses of the group III and IV afferents to contraction before and after activation and inactivation of EP4, TP, IP, purinergic 2X, and ASIC 3 receptors.
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology; Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Neurocardiology Research Program of Excellence
Co-Director, UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center
Research Faculty, Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Dr. Ardell is the founding Director of the UCLA Neurocardiology Research Program of Excellence (established 2014). He is a Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of the field of neurocardiology. The aim of Dr. Ardell’s research is to develop novel neuromodulation based therapies to mitigate the adverse remodeling of the heart and cardiac nervous system that result from cardiac disease.
Eve Marder is the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience at Brandeis University. Marder is Past-President of the Society for Neuroscience, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received numerous prizes and awards including the Salpeter and Gerard Prizes from the Society for Neuroscience, the Neuroscience Prize from the National Academy of Sciences and the Gruber and Kavli Awards. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Bowdoin College and Tel Aviv University. She serves on the Council for that National Academy of Science.