Talman elected to Council of the Americal Physiological Society


Contact: Martin Frank

Donna Krupa

Bethesda, Md. (Feb. 8, 2012)—Kim E. Barrett, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), will become President-Elect of the American Physiological Society (APS), the nation’s premier non-profit organization devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology will assume her new duties at the APS annual meeting being held April 21-25, 2012, in San Diego, CA. She will succeed Michigan State University’s Susan M. Barman, Ph.D. who will become APS President.

Dr. Barrett, a native of the United Kingdom, received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Chemistry at University College London. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she joined the faculty of UCSD School of Medicine in 1985 and became a Professor of Medicine in 1996. Her research interests center on the normal and abnormal biology of the intestinal epithelium and their relevance to digestive diseases. She has received a number of honors for her research, including the degree of Doctor of Medical Science, honoris causa, by Queens University, Belfast, Ireland. She is a former awardee of the science-based Henry Pickering Bowditch and Horace Davenport Lectureships sponsored by the APS. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award.

In 2006, Dr. Barrett was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at UCSD. In addition to her long-standing interest in student development and mentoring, she has been actively involved in the issue of women’s status in academia and served as the Chair of the APS’ Committee on Women in Physiology.

When notified of her selection, Barrett said, “Physiological research helps us to understand both health and disease in all organisms, and is the foundation of medical practice. I have been fortunate both to conduct research and to teach physiology to the next generation of scientists and physicians. The community of physiologists faces challenges, but also unprecedented opportunities to improve well-being. I look forward greatly to helping to sustain the strength of APS and our discipline as one of the Society’s leaders.”

Barman Assumes Presidency, Granger Becomes Immediate Past President

When Barrett is installed as President-Elect, current President-Elect Susan Barman, Ph.D. will become APS President and serve for the one-year term. Barman is Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Barman will succeed outgoing President Joey Granger, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Medicine and Director of the Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular Renal Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Granger will serve a one year term as the Immediate Past President.

Members Elected as Councillors

In addition to electing Barrett, the APS membership elected three members who will join the APS’ 13-member Council, the organization’s governing body. They are:

Pamela K. Carmines, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Vice Chair of Graduate Education, University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

Marilyn Merker, Ph.D.,Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, Medical College of Wisconsin – VA Medical Center, Milwaukee.

William T. Talman, MD, Professor and VA Chief of Neurology, Neurobiology and Circulatory Control Laboratory, University of Iowa.

The elections come as the APS celebrates its 125th anniversary. The Society was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences and was the first to require its members to publish original research. Today, the APS has more than 10,500 members and publishes 14 peer-reviewed scientific journals with a worldwide readership.


Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function to create health or disease. The American Physiological Society (APS; has been an integral part of the discovery process for 125 years.  

Frank, Martin and Krupa, Donna. (2012). Kim Barrett, Professor at UCSD, Selected APS President-Elect. American Psysiological Society. Retrieved July 30, 2012, from