May 23, 2018 – In Memory of Chris Peers, PhD

To:      All ISAC members and colleagues
From: Maria Emilia Monteiro, MD, PhD
Re:     Chris Peers, PhD

Dear ISAC Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the premature passing of one of our beloved faculty members, Professor Chris Peers on May 20th, 2018.

Professor Peers served as ISAC President 2011-2014, was one of the first Fernando De Castro awardees and the mentor of a new generation of relevant scientists in the oxygen field.

He was a world-renowned physiologist/neuroscientist working at the Department of Pharmacology of the University of Leeds.

He had been involved in the study of the carotid body and cardiovascular pharmacology since the early 1990s and recently also interested in neurodegenerative diseases acting as coordinator of the Yorkshire branch of the Alzheimer’s Research UK National network.

ISAC lost an amazing scientist. We will miss him and will remember him as a very good friend and nice colleague.

Maria Emília Monteiro, MD, PhD
Professor Catedrático de Farmacologia|Professor of Pharmacology
International Society for Arterial Chemoreception ISAC XXI, Lisbon, Portugal 2020

Aug 3, 2017 (updated from Aug 1) – de Castro Awardees (Correction)

3 August 2017 (corrected from 1 August 2017)

The Fernando de Castro Awards for Excellence in Science Related to Peripheral Arterial Chemoreceptors were presented for work presented at ISAC XX – 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland USA on July 27, 2017 to:

Joana Sacramento, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal):

  • Overactivation of Carotid Sinus Nerve Activity in High-Fat Animals is Mediated by A2 Adenosine Receptors

Ryan Rakoczy, Wright State University (USA):

  • High Fat Feeding in Rats Alters Respiratory Parameters by a Mechanism that is Unlikely to be Mediated by Carotid Body Type I Cells

Elena Olea Fraile, Universidad de Valladolid (Spain)

  • Sexual Dimorphism on the Effects of Chronic Hypoxia in Rat

We apologize for the confusion related to the previous posting

Estelle Gauda MD, President ISAC, 2014-2017

Information about Fernando de Castro, PhD (1896-1967)



De Castro F. The Cajal School in the Peripheral Nervous System: The Transcendent Contributions of Fernando de Castro on the Microscopic Structure of Sensory and Autonomic Motor Ganglia Front. Neuroanat., 20 April 2016 Full Article:

De Castro F. The Discovery of Sensory Nature of the Carotid Bodies – Invited Article. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2009;648:1-18 (from ISAC XVII – 2009, Valladolid, ESPANA). Full Article


July 8: Finalizing Event Plans

Dear ISAC XX Attendees:

We are completing details for the upcoming conference and WE NEED TO KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE:
1. Are you going on the WASHINGTON DC TRIP on WED Jul 26?
2. Will you be attending the GALA on THURS JUL 27?
(AND HOW MANY GUESTS (and who)?)
We need to finalize numbers for the caterer and would very much appreciate a response. Please send responses to
Estelle Gauda
President, ISAC 2014-2017
Chair, ISAC XX 2017, Baltimore