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Award at a Glance

Award amount: $1,000, up to $2000 to cover travel and per diem expenses incurred during the meeting, and reimbursement of the advance registration to the APS Annual Meeting 

Deadline: March 19, 2023

Questions? Contact: Kamal Rahmouni, PhD, Section Chair

Who Can Apply: See eligibility 

Past Awardees

Award Description

The Carl Ludwig Lectureship Award is one of 12 APS distinguished lectureship awards named after outstanding contributors to different areas of physiology as represented by the 12 APS sections. It is the most prestigious award offered by the Neural Control and Autonomic Regulation (NCAR) Section. This award honors the achievements of Carl Ludwig, a prominent professor of physiology in the mid and late 1800s. Although there is scarcely a branch of physiology to which Ludwig did not make significant contributions, he is honored here for his interests and the important advancements he made in understanding the function of secretory neurons and, the discovery of spinally projecting 'vasomotor' neurons in the medulla. These findings gave birth to the concept of autonomic regulation and cardiovascular control through neural pathways and neural-secretory reflexes. Above all, Dr. Ludwig placed an important emphasis on the training of future physiologists, and as such, he helped launch the careers of several eminent physiologists including Adolf Fick, Otto Frank, and Henry Bowditch.

The Carl Ludwig Award honors a world-renowned, distinguished investigator who has recently made major contributions toward a better understanding of any aspect of autonomic regulation in normal and/or disease states. The recipient is chosen by the NCAR section steering committee as a representative of the best within this discipline who is currently actively involved in innovative and productive research.  The Ludwig Award is intended to recognize recent achievements in developing and applying novel approaches and gaining fundamental new insights to understanding autonomic regulation.  This is not a career achievement award, but the recipient’s body of research should be particularly stimulating, such that the presentation of the work would contribute to interest in, and growth of, the NCAR section and research in the field. Applicants who are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences (examples include those outlined by the NIH: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-031.html) as well as members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community are encouraged to apply. 


  • The applicant need not be a current member of the NCAR Section or APS
  • Original and noteworthy recent contributions to the advancement of autonomic regulation in all aspects of the discipline are considered in the selection process (research impact, participation in APS or other autonomic-related societies, dissemination of knowledge through writings and conferences, mentoring of investigators within the autonomic community, and other related activities).
  • Prior recipients of the award are not eligible for re-nomination, but prior unsuccessful nominations are welcome and encouraged for resubmission.

  • present a 45 minute lecture with discussion,
  • submit a review article for AJP—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology on a topic related to his/her lecture,
  • actively participate in NCAR functions at the American Physiology Summit,
  • attend the NCAR Reception and Business Meeting to receive the award and be recognized


Applicants are required to submit the following:


  • Nominations for the award must be accompanied by two or more letters of recommendation that highlight the nominee's accomplishments toward the award
  • letters of recommendation must be from NCAR members (primary or secondary affiliation)
  • Curriculum Vitae