APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Stress, the Autonomic Nervous System and Cardiovascular Dysfunction

Symposium — Monday, April 4, 2022 — 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Convention Center, Room 201B
CNS Section — Chair: Eric Krause — Co-Chair: Brent Myers

Stressors, broadly defined as real or perceived threats to homeostasis, alter autonomic outflow to the cardiovascular system to anticipate the energetic burdens presented by such threats.  This symposium will present new data on 1.) the neural circuits orchestrating stress-induced alterations in autonomic outflow to cardiovascular tissues, 2.) rodent models of psychosocial stress and autonomic imbalance that promote cardiovascular dysfunction, and 3.) the impact that stress and affective disorders, like anxiety and depression, have on cardiovascular function in human subjects.  The collective goal of the symposium is to provide basic science, translational and clinical perspectives on how psychological stress activates neural circuits to spur autonomic imbalance and cardiovascular dysfunction.  


  • Identification of Novel Cross-Talk Between the Neuroendocrine and Autonomic Stress Axes Controlling Blood Pressure
    Khalid El Saafien — Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida
    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Neuroinflammation at the Interface of Stress-Induced Behavioral and Autonomic Hypervigilance
    Susan Wood — Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience, University of South Carolina
    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Prefrontal Regulation of the Stress Response: A Neurovisceral Integration Perspective
    Julian F Thayer — Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Irvine
    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  • Chair
    Eric Krause — Pharmacodynamics, University of Florida

  • Co-Chair
    Brent Myers — Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University

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