President's Desk


Message from the 15th President of FAOPS


It is with jubilation and awe to be bestowed on me by the membership the honor and privilege to serve as the 15th President of FAOPS. In jubilation, I am delighted to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve the physiologists in Asia and Oceania. In awe, I am fully aware of the great responsibility that comes with this office. At the end, I take solace in realizing that I will be working with a capable Council, with Professor Harbindar Jett Singh as the Secretary General.

This is an exciting time for the discipline of physiology. With the great strides in identifying novel genes and proteins during the first decade of this millennium, biomedical research is now shifting to the delineation of the functional significance of these genes and proteins. As the crucial bridge between molecules and functions and the foundation for translational medicine, I am of the view that physiology will once again be in the scientific limelight during the next decade. Whether this view is going to take root will depend on whether we, as physiologists in Asia and Oceania, would want to make it a reality. It is in this direction that I think FAOPS can play a crucial role.


The missions of FAOPS are to foster research activities in the field of physiological sciences in Asia and Oceania, to provide a forum for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and ideas between physiological scientists in Asia and Oceania, and to encourage and support the advancement of physiological sciences to developing countries and regions in Asia and Oceania. I would pledge that during my tenure as the 15th President of FAOPS, I am prepared to utilize all the resources in my hands to work closely with the Council members in sustaining those missions. Particularly high on my agenda are increasing the number of members, improving the FAOPS website and strengthening our interactions with The International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS). Because of the importance of Education in Physiology, consensus was reached at the 15th council meeting held in Taipei in September to create an Education Committee. This Committee shall spearhead the development of physiological curricula and promotion of innovative methods to enhance teaching and learning of physiology that are most suitable for students in Asia and Oceania.


My personal conviction is that the stamina of FAOPS, like any institution in the world, resides in the vigor of its members. Thus, I would welcome your suggestions and comments on how we can, within our limited resources, make FAOPS a vibrant organization.








Julie Y.H. Chan

The 15th President, FAOPS