International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) welcomes Ole Petersen to their Fellowship

International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) welcomes Ole Petersen to their Fellowship


Vice President of Academia Europaea and Cardiff Hub Director, Professor Ole Petersen, has been elected Fellow of IUPS and become an inaugural member of the IUPS Academy of Physiology.




The Fellowship has acknowledged Professor Petersen’s sustained contributions to scholarship in physiology and his distinguished career. Professor Petersen was one of the 30 elected Fellows to IUPS. In addition to Professor Petersen, seven of the inaugural Fellows are also Members of Academia Europaea:

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New open access journal FUNCTION launches operations, with a review published on the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission

New open access journal FUNCTION launches operations, with a review published on the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission



We are delighted to announce that the new open access journal FUNCTION has published its first articles, with an inaugural editorial by Editor-in-Chief Ole Petersen and a review led by Cardiff University’s Professor Val O’Donnell on a possible means of reducing Covid-19 transmission through the use of oral mouthwash.

In his inaugural editorial, Professor Petersen has announced that the American Physiological Society’s new peer-reviewed open access journal FUNCTION, published in partnership with Oxford University Press, is now operational and ready to receive submissions. The first to be published is a review into the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission in the early stages of infection.  The review has been conducted by researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine led by Professor Val O’Donnell, along with the universities of Nottingham, Colorado, Ottawa, Barcelona and Cambridge’s Babraham Institute, and  included virologists, lipid specialists, microbicide and healthcare experts.  

The review shows previous studies where chemicals commonly found in mouthwashes, such as low amounts of ethanol, povidone-iodine and cetylpyridinium damage the lipid membranes of several enveloped viruses. More research is needed to show whether this could also be effective in reducing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the early stages of infection. 

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American Physiological Society new journal ‘Function’ goes live

American Physiological Society new journal ‘Function’ goes live



The American Physiological Society has launched it’s exciting new journal Function.

This new publication has been developed to provide a new home for authors welcoming a fresh, multidisciplinary option for publishing their most important physiology research

Remarkably, twelve members of the Academia Europaea (MAEs) are on Function’s editorial board.

AE Cardiff Hub Director and Vice President of Academia Europaea Professor Ole Petersen is the Editor-in-Chief.

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Cardiff Hub Director gives Plenary Lecture at Nobel Laureate Meeting in Szeged, Hungary

Cardiff Hub Director gives Plenary Lecture at Nobel Laureate Meeting in Szeged, Hungary

Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS MAE, Director of the Academia Europaea Cardiff University Hub, gave the Plenary Lecture at the 14th Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Talented Students held at the Szeged Scientists Academy on 2nd -3rd December 2019.


Professor Petersen’s lecture

Ole Petersen’s lecture on The way of a scientist: a life experience was given to an audience of around 1000 High School students, undergraduate University students, High School teachers and University Staff from all over Hungary. A medal depicting Ole Petersen and the Nobel Laureate Bert Sakmann FRS MAE, Director of Education at the Szeged Scientists Academy, was struck specifically for this event and presented to the Prize Winners.

The medal depicting Ole Petersen FRS MAE and Nobel Laureate Bert Sakmann FRS MAE

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Professor Ole Petersen is appointed editor-in-chief of American Physiological Society new journal, ‘Function’

Professor Ole Petersen is appointed editor-in-chief of American Physiological Society new journal, ‘Function’

Our director, Professor Ole Petersen, has been appointed Founding Editor-in-Chief of Function, the newest American Physiological Society publication. The appointment is an important landmark in the development of APS’ new journal, which is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Prof Petersen appointed Editor-in-Chief of 'Function'
Professor Ole Petersen, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of AE Cardiff Hub, is appointed Founding Editor-in-Chief of Function

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Cardiff Hub Director visits China

Cardiff Hub Director visits China

Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, Academic Director of the Academia Europaea – Cardiff University Knowledge Hub and Vice-President of Academia Europaea, visited Jinan University in Guangzhou, China last week. Jinan University is one of the oldest and largest (~50000 students) Universities in China, dating back to the Qing Dynasty and belongs to the elite group of “211 Project Universities” as well the more recently established category of “Double First Class Disciplines Universities”.

Professor Petersen giving one of his three lectures at Jinan University’s Main Campus.
Professor Petersen giving one of his three lectures at Jinan University’s Main Campus.

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Ole H. Petersen, MD, wins the Physiology in Perspective: The Walter B. Cannon Award Lectureship

Ole H. Petersen, MD, wins the Physiology in Perspective: The Walter B. Cannon Award Lectureship

 The American Physiological Society (APS) has announced the 2018 recipients of its distinguished lecturer awards. Professor Ole H. Petersen, MD, of Cardiff University, is the winner of the Physiology in Perspective: The Walter B. Cannon Award Lectureship.

Martin Frank (left), Executive Director of the American Physiological Society and Professor Dennis Brown (right), Harvard Medical School and President of the American Physiological Society, presenting Professor Ole Petersen with the Cannon Award.
Martin Frank (left), Executive Director of the American Physiological Society and Professor Dennis Brown (right), Harvard Medical School and President of the American Physiological Society, presenting Professor Ole Petersen with the Cannon Award.

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Hub hosts major international symposium to mark milestone birthday of Prof Ole Petersen

Hub hosts major international symposium to mark milestone birthday of Prof Ole Petersen

On 6th /7th March, the Cardiff Hub hosted a major international symposium, Physiology and Pathophysiology 2018, to mark the 75th birthday of Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS ML MAE, Vice-President of Academia Europaea.  The event attracted 90 delegates from across the world, many of whom had worked with or been mentored by Professor Petersen.

Speakers and Chairs at the Symposium

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Professor Ole Petersen receives honour from German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases

Professor Ole Petersen receives honour from German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases

Professor Ole Petersen CBE FRS, Vice-President of Academia Europaea and Director of the AE Cardiff Knowledge Hub, has been elected Honorary Member of the German Society for Gastroenterology, Digestive and Metabolic Diseases in recognition of “his ground-breaking work on the function of ion channels in epithelial cells and the role of calcium signal transduction in the exocrine pancreas”.

Professor Petersen receives his award from President Professor Markus Lerch MAE
Professor Petersen receives his award from President Professor Markus Lerch MAE

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