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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $1,000 and reimbursement of advanced registration to the APS annual meeting 

Application deadline: December 15

Questions? Contact: Sections Administrator

Who can apply: Graduate students (post-candidacy exams) and postdoctoral and clinical fellows or equivalent (within 3 years from degree (month/year) to the date of award application deadline).

Past Awardees

Award Description

After earning a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Michigan in 1961, Michael J. Brody joined the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa where he established himself as a highly effective and respected educator and mentor, a leading figure in collegiate and university governance, and an internationally-honored scientist for his contributions to understanding the role of the central nervous system in the mechanisms of hypertension. Dr. Brody received many awards during his distinguished career, including the Okamoto Award (1987) and the CIBA Award for Hypertension Research (1990). The awards Dr. Brody valued most however were those he received for outstanding instruction from medical and other students. He mentored more than 20 doctoral students, more than 40 postdoctoral fellows and influenced countless others who passed through the graduate program. 

The Michael J. Brody Young Investigator Award, made possible by APS Strategic Partner, ADInstruments, recognizes a promising young investigator who has made a significant research contribution to the understanding of neural control and autonomic regulation.

  • Provide verifiable documentation of the date [month/year] of completion of the post candidacy exam (graduate students) or the date [month/year] of completion of the doctoral degree program (postdoctoral applicant). 
  • Graduate students (post-candidacy exams) and to postdoctoral and clinical fellows or equivalent (within 3 years from degree [month/year] to the date of award application deadline)
  • Be an APS member in good standing with a primary affiliation in the NCAR Section.


Applicants are required to submit the following:

  • First-authored abstract of unpublished work to any appropriate NCAR topic at the American Physiology Summit;
  • NCAR Biosketch (use only the NCAR biosketch form provided here) written by the applicant that includes a one-page personal statement summarizing the applicants research contributions, a complete list of publications and abstracts (listed separately), and any grants, fellowships and awards;
  • Two letters of recommendation including one from the applicant's advisor.
  • Documentation of date of candidacy exam or degree.
  • Award criteria will be based on current work reflected in the abstract, overall contributions to the field based upon the biosketch and the letters of recommendation. The awardee will be expected to present their abstract at the NCAR Awards Featured Topic oral and poster sessions at the American Physiology Summit to receive the cash prize and to be recognized at the NCAR Reception and Business Meeting. While there is no limit to the number of times an individual can apply for this award, the winner is eligible to win this award once only.


Applications are only accepted via online submission.