ISAC 2020 XXI – Lisbon, Portugal

It is our great pleasure and honor to invite you to join the 21th ISAC Meeting that will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 29th of June to 2nd of July of 2020.

This will be the 21th ISAC Meeting, the 2nd that will be in Portugal, 25 years after the Meeting organized by Professor Alexandre Ribeiro at Instituto Gulbenkian in Oeiras. Since ISAC was first established almost 70 years ago, there have been many advances in the field of arterial O2, CO2 and pH sensing, but also in the non-canonical roles of the carotid body as its role as metabolic sensor. Therefore, the 21th ISAC Meeting promises to offer exciting insights into the most recent research findings in all aspects of arterial chemoreception as well as in its relation with pathology.

Lisbon is the coastal capital city of Portugal, being one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe. Is the second-oldest capital in Europe’s with World Heritage monuments and singular museum treasures but also with a striking modernism from international design and contemporary art. Lisbon has a vivid, young and experimental spirit and offers a rich and varied history in glorious year-round climate and that has attracted a lot of foreign people.

The ISAC Meeting will take place at the NOVA Medical School in Lisbon, located in the city center, between the two most iconic avenues, and easily accessible by public transport. The meeting will commence with the Opening Ceremony on the morning of Monday, 29th of June and will end on Thursday, 2nd July with the Closing Ceremony followed by the Farewell Reception. We look forward to welcoming you to Lisbon where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting scientific conference in a rich cultural and historical setting.

Emilia Monteiro
Silvia Conde

NOVA Medical School | Faculdade de Ciências Médicas
CEDOC – Chronic Diseases Research Center |
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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