Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lung Bioengineering: news, call for papers, AJP-Lung symposium at EB2014

Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have confirmed the successful creation of new human lungs, using components from the lungs of deceased children.

CNN explains in a recent article.

For a more in depth look at bioengineering, which is a highly collaborative effort by researchers in diverse areas, at EB2014, AJP-Lung is hosting a symposium titled Bioengineering the Lung: From Myth To Reality. Dr. Y.S. Prakash (Mayo Clinic) and Dr. Kurt Stenmark (UC Denver), who serve as Associate Editors for AJP-Lung, organized this symposium in which leaders in the fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, physiology, and immunology will illuminate the existing research.

There’s also a call for papers on this topic in AJP-Lung.  A large number of AJP-Lung papers discuss bioengineering as well.

*Please note the mistake on our program. Dr. Donald E. Ingber will not be speaking at this event.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Where to submit your scientific manuscript on Chlorine, Ammonia, or Bromine

Deciding where to submit a pulmonary physiology paper on Chlorine, Ammonia, or Bromine?

AJP-Lung’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sadis Matalon, has wide expertise in oxidant gas and would be a great scientist to manage the peer review of your paper.  

Find out more about his work and UAB's Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center in this UAB news article.

The dual nature of murine and human alveolar macrophages

In an outstanding review which just appeared in AJP-Lung articles in press, Drs. , and discuss the role of alveolar macrophages in the initiation of the inflammatory response as well as the resolution of injury and enhancement of repair in animal models and patients with Acute Lung Injury. 

A very valuable aspect of this review is the comparison and contrast of the regulation of human and murine alveolar macrophages. As my grandfather (or grandmother) used to say “a picture is worth a thousand words).  Some of the most important conclusions of this review are summarized in their Figure 1.  This is a “must read” review for scientists interested in macrophage immunobiology.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Announcing AJP-Lung’s new call for papers: “Nanoparticles and the Lung: Friend or Foe?”

Are you working on a pulmonary physiology article on nanoparticles? If you're trying to decide which journal would be a good fit for your submission, we just issued a new call for papers on nanoparticles and the lung.

For this call for papers we welcome basic and translational papers.  See the recent AJP-Lung perspectives article with the same title, “Nanoparticles and the Lung: Friend or Foe?” by AJP-Lung Associate Editor Y.S. Prakash and AJP-Lung Editor-in-Chief Sadis Matalon for more details.    

We offer fair, helpful and prompt reviews.  Submit to AJP-Lung! You’ll be glad you did!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

AJP-Lung's 2nd Annual Outstanding Paper by a Junior Investigator Award: a great way to recognize junior scientists

Did you read a paper this year by a junior scientist that you thought was really excellent and should be recognized?  If it was published in AJP-Lung between 2012 and 2013, you could nominate the paper for our Outstanding Paper by a Junior Investigator Award.  At Experimental Biology in April of 2014, we will present 5 winners with a $500.00 cash award and a commemorative plaque.  Please see the details on the APS website.

Send us your nominations by March 1, 2014.  (Self-nominations are accepted.) Email the Editor-in-Chief, Sadis Matalon at with a copy to Emily B. Sher, the editorial assistant -

AJP-Lung’s new blog: Where the Experts Comment on the Most Interesting Respiratory Research and News

Here at the American Physiological Society’s American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology™, we’re excited to be among the first to know about the most interesting respiratory research.  We’ll be offering you a heads up on the most exciting and groundbreaking lung physiology discoveries.  Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Sadis Matalon, our 9 illustrious Associate Editors and our numerous authors have the expertise to give you trustworthy commentary and analysis on research and the real story on breaking respiratory news.  

We’d like to introduce you to respiratory scientists doing important work and to be a place for the pulmonary community to convene and converse online. 

If you want to find out more about what’s happening with AJP-Lung, we’ll be posting on events we’re attending, updates on our staff, and awards.  We’ll answer your questions on submitting papers and reviews and anything else you might want to know about our journal.    

AJP-Lung readers, authors, pulmonary physiologists, scientists, researchers, and the lung community:  check back with us often – we’ll be posting frequently.   
About the bloggers: 
Dr. Sadis Matalon, PhD, DrSc (Hon.) is the Editor-in-Chief of AJP-Lung.  He is a Distinguished Professor, Alice McNeal Chair and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He is also the Director of the Pulmonary Injury and Repair Center in the School of Medicine.  Dr. Matalon became the Editor-in-Chief for AJP-Lung in 2012.  For more about Dr. Matalon, a more detailed biography can be found here:

I’m Emily Sher, the Editorial Assistant for AJP-Lung.  I have a BA in English Literature from Trinity College and love to write about things that really matter.   I don’t think it’s too dramatic to say that in an increasingly hazardous, polluted environment, being in the know about respiratory science could save your life.