Before we move to fat running pigs, lets find out more about this award, once again named for a dead physiologist:
The Henry Pickering Bowditch Lecture Award is named in honor of the first president of the American Physiological Society. By tradition, the Bowditch Lecturer, who is to be younger than 42 years of age, has been named by the president of the Society for their outstanding work in the field. The Award has been given annually since 1956.
Johnathan Tune, an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, studies how obesity and diabetes affect blood flow to the heart. He and his colleagues are examining this question in a variety of different ways. For example, one of their most useful models is obese pigs. The researchers surgically implant catheters and transducers in these animals so that coronary blood flow, blood pressure, and cardiac function can be continuously monitored while the animals are conscious and active. Part of their work involves exercising the animals, since exercise can trigger heart attacks in people.
Watching video of a pig on a treadmill is guaranteed to improve any scientific talk.
Here is the Storify of my live tweets from the address: