Program of the International Research Network on Cerebral Hemodynamic Regulation (CARNet) – #EB2014

The program of the International Research Network on Cerebral Hemodynamic Regulation (CARNet) is now known ! This program is very exciting !! Several world renowned researchers in cerebrovascular physiology will be in San Diego !

Please click on the link below to have a look at the different symposium and titles of posters that will be presented at this meeting.

International Research Network on Cerebral Hemodynamic Regulation Final Program

Will you be in San Diego ??


1st Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium

Please be sure to attend the 1st Okanagan Cardiovascular and Respiratory Symposium being held by the Centre for Heart, Lung and Vascular Health in Silver Star ski resort, British Columbia, Canada, on March 20th to 22nd 2014 !

This new symposium is a small conference (to be held biennially) which will cover a wide range of research in human cardio-respiratory and vascular (including cerebrovascular 🙂 ) physiology.

Keynote speakers will be:

  • Peter Raven (University of North Texas Health Science Center)
  • Frank Dinenno (Colorado State University)
  • Bill Milsom (University of British Columbia).

Scientific Session speakers will be:

  • Damian Bailey (University of Glamorgan)
  • Mark Haykowsky (University of Alberta)
  • Darren DeLorey (University of Alberta)
  • Mike Koehle (University of British Columbia)
  • Andy Lovering (University of Oregon)
  • Caroline Rickards (University of North Texas Health Science Center)

Have a look at the preliminary program for more details !

Positions available in cerebral autoregulation

It came to my attention that three post-doctoral research posts are available in the field of cerebral autoregulation: Postdoc positions

You can direct enquiries and apply directly to each of the centres:

  • Southampton: Dr David Simpson (; Dr Tony Birch (
  • Oxford: Dr Stephen Payne (
  • Leicester: Prof Ronney Panerai (; Prof Tom Robinson (


Enjoy your time in the lab

It took me a while before knowing for sure that I wanted to work as a researcher in a human physiology lab. I still remember the exact moment when, in front of the metabolic cart (equipment used to measure gas exchange mostly during aerobic exercise), I said to myself: this is exactly what I want to do.

So, I enjoyed every minute of my master’s degree and my PhD. I enjoyed even more my time as a postdoc in a Danish lab: it was the paradise for integrative (and invasive) physiology.

So, I naively thought that I would continue to have fun in the lab as an assistant professor…

Well, not exactly.

The thing is, since I am a PI, time in the lab has been reduced to a minimum. Writing grant proposals, teaching, mentoring, writing and reviewing papers are tasks that keeps me away from the lab. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I miss the lab for sure.

Dear grad students/postdocs, enjoy your time in the lab because:

Things. Will. Change.


Repost – Area of expertise: General or specialized?

This is another repost from 2 years back. I would really like to have your opinion on that issue!

You are at the end of your PhD studies, right after having successfully defended your thesis (congratulations by the way !!). What’s next? Assuming that you have already decided to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship somewhere around the world, will you decide to continue working in the exact same area of expertise in order to become (hopefully) the world leader on a really specialized issue, or at the opposite, will you decide to work on an issue that will permit you to have a more general view of your field?

Some years ago, I have asked myself the exact same question, and although I am comfortable with the decision I took back then, I still have my doubts as to whether or not I took the right decision !! Indeed, sometimes I feel as if I don’t know enough on a specific area of interest, even after all these years in school!!!

As you have probably guessed from the title of this blog, I have decided to take the pathway of integrative physiology. Although my master’s degree, PhD and postdoc work were related, one way or another, to exercise physiology, my studies were not dedicated to only one issue. I like to see myself as a traditional physiologist…For the moment, this situation totally fits my personality.  I have always needed to know and to understand the “big picture”. However, with all the new technology and the capacity to measure a lot of different variables at the same time, it is difficult to keep the pace. One cannot masters every technique, even if we are interested in integrating all the information in one study (between several human body systems for example). That will be a challenge throughout my career.

Whether you are about to choose “what’s next”, you are already dedicated to one specific issue or you have a more general background as a researcher, tell me your story!


Repost – To review or not to review…manuscripts outside your research expertise?

This is a repost, with minor language modifications, from 2 years back.

I have been initiated pretty early, by my PhD supervisor, to reviewing manuscript. So, I guess it is not surprising that I have reviewed over 100 manuscripts to date.  I have often accepted to review manuscripts not directly related to my area of expertise (as a student, I had more time).

Some months ago, I reviewed such a manuscript… I worked hard and thought that I did a good job, until I received an email from the editor with the decision, including reviews from all referees…

Geez, Reviewer #2 looks like a junior!

Actually, Reviewer #2 was me ! That situation made me think: Should I continue to accept reviewing manuscripts outside my research interests*, now that I am in the beginning of my second year as an assistant professor, with a busier schedule compared to when I was a PhD student ?

What about you, dear readers? Are you accepting to review manuscripts that are not directly in your field of interest?

I am looking forward to reading your comments !


*Since the publication of that post, I started to review fewer manuscripts outside my area of expertise.

One step forward, two steps back (Part II)

I was still on paternity leave when I received the good news by email:

I got my FRSQ (now FRQS) Research Scholar Junior 1 !

For your information, below is the description of this career award:

“This program is designed to facilitate the recruitment of qualified researchers who would like to begin or continue an independent career in health-care research. The FRSQ hopes in this way to promote continuity in health research in Québec and ensure that high-calibre scientists are available to meet the needs of universities, hospitals and industries”

I will thus be able to start my new research program in cerebrovascular physiology. Yay!

That was the good news…

You already know that I did not get the CIHR’s grant related to that new research program. In addition, my collaborators and I recently (read: in the last two weeks) received negative answers for 5 grant applications submitted to Danone Institute, Canadian Diabetes Assocation and CIHR…