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Please check back here for more information about the 2024 CPGLO Summit! 



Summit Goals

1. Establish cross-disciplinary connections by promoting interactions among faculty, staff, and trainees interested in evolutionary insights and clinical applications of hypoxia research;
2. Exchange ideas regarding integrative research efforts;
3. Set the foundation for interdisciplinary grant proposals.


Previous Events

Seventh Annual CPGLO Summit - Hybrid Event

Zoom Link:

Monday, August 7, 2023

Schedule: 9am - 4pm PDT at Ted Scripps Room, Scripps Seaside Forum and online (Zoom link provided to registered participants only); afternoon session includes John B. West Guest Distinguished Lecture by Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology, Dr. Gregg L. Semenza.

Registration Link

(Times listed in PDT)

9:00 -9:50 a.m. Optional Wellness Activity; Empathy and Compassion Opening, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, Jigme Lingpa Center

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Welcome from Co-Directors

10:10 - 10:40 a.m. Guest Presentation

"Adaptive Introgression of the Beta-globin Cluster in Two Andean Waterfowl"

Kevin McCracken, PhD - James A. Kushlan Chair in Waterbird Biology and Conservation, Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences, Marine Biology & Ecology, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Human Genetics & Genomics, Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

10:40 - 11:15 a.m. Short Presentations

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Introduction of the John B. West Distinguished Lectureship

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.  John B. West Distinguished Lecture
“Hypoxia-Inducible Factors in Physiology and Medicine” 

Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D. - Nobel Laureate; Director, Vascular Program, Institute for Cell Engineering, C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Clinical Lecture

“Voices from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU): ICU Recovery Clinics and Other Ways to Build Empathy for Patients” 

Amy Bellinghausen Stewart, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, and Physiology, Department of Medicine, University of California San Diego School of Medicine

 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Poster Session, Closing Remarks


Yangfan Zhang

“Depressed and shifted: metabolic plasticity of a marine fish species during acclimation to hypoxia”

Kristin O'Brien           

“A unique mutation in HIF-1α of Antarctic fishes: did it permit the loss of hemoglobin?”

Gabriela Arango      

“Hypoxia exposure induces differential metabolic responses in cells derived from sea turtles and lizards”

Michael Tift       

“Distribution of tissue carbon monoxide in hypoxia tolerant species”

Diana Moreno-Santillán

“Genomic insights into diving adaptations in pinnipeds”

Kathy Pham

“Inflammatory profiles and immune responses to high altitude acclimatization”

Richard Milner     

“The impact of hypoxia on cerebral angiogenesis and blood-brain barrier integrity”

Sixth Annual CPGLO Summit

Thursday, June 16, 2022

(Online Event)


10:00 a.m. Optional Wellness Activity

10:30 - 10:40 a.m. Welcome from Co-Directors

10:40 - 11:15a.m.
Graham Scott, PhD - McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Department of Biology
"Integrative mechanisms of hypoxia adaptation in high-altitude deer mice"

11:15 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
Colleen Julian, PhD - University of Colorado, Department of Medicine-Bioinformatics
"The Antenatal Exposures and Non-Communicable Disease (ANDES) Study"

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Break

12:10 - 1:00 p.m. Short Presentations

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. CANCELLED
Erik Swenson, MD - University of Washington, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Editor in Chief, High Altitude Medicine and Biology

1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
Douglas Conrad, MD, and Amy Non, PhD - University of California, San Diego
Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine and Department of Anthropology "Questioning the value of race in lung function reference equations for prediction of lung abnormalities and shortness of breath"

2:20 - 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Breakout Session/Trainee Presentations

Fifth Annual CPGLO Summit

Friday, June 4, 2021

(Online Event)


9:30 a.m. Optional Wellness Activity

10:00 a.m. Welcome from Co-Directors

10:10 - 10:35 a.m.
Allyson Hindle, PhD - University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Department of Integrative Physiology
"Linking the Development of Diving Ability to Regulatory RNA Expression in the Weddell Seal"

10:35 - 11:00 a.m.
Adam R. Wende, PhD - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Department of Pathology
"Combined Transcriptomics and Methylomics to Define Etiologies of Human Heart Failure"

11:00 - 11:10 a.m. Break

11:10 - 11:50 a.m. Short Presentations

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CoBAD presentation: Tracy Baker, PhD - University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Comparative Biosciences
"Maternal Intermittent Hypoxia Reprograms Adult Respiratory Control and the Gut Microbiome in Male Offspring"

*separate CoBAD registration/zoom link:

1:35 - 2:00 p.m.
Gabriel Haddad, MD - University of California, San Diego
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Scientific Officer at Rady Children's Hospital
"Human Adaptations to High Altitude: Molecular Underpinnings"

2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
"COVID-19: Clinical Studies and Focus on Health Disparities"

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Happy Hour Breakout Session/Trainee Presentations


CPGLO Summit Concept, Vocabulary List

Fourth Annual CPGLO Summit

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Martin Johnson House
Building T29
8840 Biological Grade, San Diego, CA 92037


7:30-8:30 Wellness Activity

8:00-8:45 Registration and Check-in

9:00-9:10 Welcome (Gregg Semenza's talk canceled; to be rescheduled)

9:10-9:35 "Adaptation to Altitude: From Mount Everest to Machu Picchu"
Tatum S. Simonson, PhD
Assistant Professor, CPGLO Founder and Co-Director
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

9:35-10:00 "The Hypoxia Inducible Factor Pathway in Pulmonary Hypertension: Pathogenic Role of Egln1 & Hif-2a"
Jason X. -J. Yuan, MD, PhD
Profesor and Section Chief of Physiology
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of California, San Diego

10:00-10:30 Break, Interactive Speed Meetings

10:30-11:00 "Fetal Hypoxia and Cardiac Programming: An Integrated -omics Approach"
Lubo Zhang, PhD
Professor & Director of the Center for Perinatal Biology
Division of Pharmacology School of Medicine
Loma Linda University

11:00-11:30 "Molecular Mechanisms that Mediate Acute Sensing of Blood Oxygen"
Andy Chang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
University of California, San Francisco

11:30-12:00 "A Single Gene Mutation May Have Helped Humans Become Optimal Long-Distance Runners"
Ellen C. Breen, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Section of Physiology
University of California, San Diego

12:00-1:00 Lunch

(12:30-1:00 Optional Lunch and Learn: "Accessing -Omics Resources at UC San Diego"
Amanda Birmingham, Acting Director, Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics)

1:00-2:00 Short Presentations

2:00-2:45 Clinical Implications of Hypoxemia

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-3:30 CPGLO Co-Directors Discussion

3:30-4:00 "Lessons from Tibet" Lama Lhanang Rinpoche, Jigme Lingpa Center San Dieg

4:00-5:00 Happy Hour Poster Session

2019 CPGLO Summit Concept, Vocabulary List

Third Annual CPGLO Summit

Friday, April 20, 2018

Martin Johnson House, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Building T29
8840 Biological Grade, San Diego, CA 92037


7:30-8:30 Wellness Activity

8:00-8:45 Registration and Check-in

8:45-9:00 Welcome from CPGLO Co-Directors
Opening remarks: John West, MD, PhD, DSc, Emeritus Professor
Division of Physiology, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego

9:00-9:20 "Atmospheric oxygen" discussion
Jeff Severinghaus, PhD, Professor, Geosciences Research Division
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
The human physiological impact of global deoxygenation (Martin, et al. 2016)

10:20-10:40 "Blood oxygen affinity: does it matter?"
Tobias Wang, PhD, Professor, Department of Bioscience - Zoophysiology
Aarhus University

10:40-11:00 "Blood flow, microcapillaries, and hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) target gene products of Sherpas and lowlanders residing at 3800m in Nepal"
Cynthia Beall, Distinguished University Professor and Sarah Idell Pyle Professor,
Department of Anthropology
Case Western Reserve University

11:00-11:20 Break 11:20-11:40 "Chronic mountain sickness in Andean highlanders"
Francisco Villafuerte, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

11:40-12:00 "Genomic investigations of physiological adaptation in highland deer mice"
Zac Cheviron, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of BiologyUniversity of Montana

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Optional Science Friday radio hour: Diving Deep To Appreciate The Spleen with Melissa Ilardo and Cynthia Beall)

(12:30-1:00 Optional Lunch and Learn: "Accessing 'omics resources at UC San Diego" Kristen Jepsen, PhD, Director of the Institute of Genomic Medicine)

1:00-2:00 Short Presentations

2:00-2:30 "The ecology of transdisciplinary team science"
Dan Stokols, PhD, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Departments of Psychology and Social Behavior; Urban Planning and Public Policy, School of Social Ecology; and Program in Public Health, College of Health Sciences, University of California, Irvine 

Presentation Slides (PDF)

Dr Stokols' book, Social Ecology in the Digital Age is available from Academic Press/Elsevier, with 30% discount in 2018 with flyer, thanks Dan!

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:30 Grant Session and Discussion with Sharon Franks, PhD, Office of Research Affairs/Research Proposal
Development Service

3:30-4:00 "Transcriptome profiling of the severity of pulmonary arterial hypertension"
Jason Yuan, MD, PhD, Professor, Associate Vice President for Translational Health Sciences
University of Arizona

4:00-5:00 Happy Hour Poster Session

5:00-5:30 Closing Discussion; Post-Summit Opportunities

Martin Johnson House, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Building T298840 Biological Grade, San Diego, CA 92037 


Parking and Shuttle Information

Edward W. "Ted" Scripps II (Room 165), Scripps Seaside Forum

8604 Kennel Way (formerly Discovery Way)
La Jolla, CA 92037

Directions and Parking
Please visit the Scripps Seaside Forum "Directions and Parking" Page for more information.

The Edward W. "Ted" Scripps II Room is located within the Scripps Seaside Forum buildings at 8604 Kennel Way. Enter the Scripps Seaside Forum buildings just north of the parking lot closest to the ocean; the Edward W. "Ted" Scripps II Room (165) is the second door on the left.

Please note, parking passes with an SIO decal are required to park in the Seaside Forum parking lot. Additional parking is available on La Jolla Shores Drive and within the surrounding neighborhood.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Shuttle
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Shuttle provides free service between the main UC San Diego campus and the Scripps Seaside Forum at SIO, where the Ted Scripps Room is located. The shuttle runs from the Gillman shuttle stop on main campus to the Scripps Seaside Forum every 30 minutes for most of the day on the half hour.

Weather in La Jolla, CA
Please bring layers as some events will take place outside in the cool ocean breeze.