APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Stress Resistance and Resilience During a Global Pandemic: Lessons from COVID-19

Symposium — Wednesday, April 28, 2021 — 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM — Virtual Session, Room APS-8
Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section — Chair: Jody Greaney — Co-Chair: Christopher Martens

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-2019), which originated in Wuhan City China, has quickly escalated to a global pandemic. While the majority of those infected recover without requiring special treatment, less resilient individuals including older adults and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to become seriously ill and develop severe and potentially fatal respiratory disease. The rapid spread of the virus, and unknown details regarding the cause of its symptoms, has brought entire economies and societies to a standstill. Indeed, COVID-19 has far-reaching and as-yet unknown physiological, psychological, and public health ramifications, even among those who are not infected. In this timely symposium, four multi-disciplinary experts will discuss physiological and psychological ramifications of COVID-2019 with an emphasis on how an understanding of stress resistance and resilience can be used in the treatment of the disease, as well as its long-term consequences. This symposium will be co-chaired by two junior investigators: Jody Greaney, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington) and Christopher Martens, PhD (University of Delaware). The speakers range from physiologists to health psychologists to clinician-scientists who are actively involved in the study of stress resistance and resilience and/or the treatment of COVID-19. The information presented will be translational in nature and will include evidence from rodent models, lab-based human research investigations, and large-scale population studies.


  • Introduction
    Christopher Martens — Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware
    10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

  • Foundations of Stress Susceptibility/Resistance/Resilience
    Ben Miller — OMRF
    10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

  • Convalescent Plasma to Induce Physiological Resistance/Resilience to COVID-19
    Michael Joyner — Mayo Clinic
    10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

  • Neurobiological Mechanisms of Stress Resistance/Resilience: Interface between Mind and Body
    Scott Russo — Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

  • Amplification of Public Health Consequences of COVID-19: Unintended Cognitive/Emotional/Social Effects and Future Disease Susceptibility
    Rebecca Thompson — University of California Irvine
    11:05 AM - 11:25 AM

  • Conclusion
    Christopher Martens — Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware
    11:25 AM - 11:30 AM

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