International Society of Arterial Chemoreceptors Meeting

From the 29th of June to 2nd of July of 2020,  the 21th ISAC (International Society of Arterial Chemoreceptors) Meeting will be held in Lisbon, Portugal.


This will be the 21th ISAC Meeting, the 2nd that will be in Portugal, 25 years after the Meeting organized by Professor Alexandre Ribeiro at Instituto Gulbenkian in Oeiras. Since ISAC was first established almost 70 years ago, there have been many advances in the field of arterial O2, CO2 and pH sensing, but also in the non-canonical roles of the carotid body as its role as metabolic sensor. Therefore, the 21th ISAC Meeting promises to offer exciting insights into the most recent research findings in all aspects of arterial chemoreception as well as in its relation with pathology.


Lisbon is the coastal capital city of Portugal, being one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe. Is the second-oldest capital in Europe’s with World Heritage monuments and singular museum treasures but also with a striking modernism from international design and contemporary art. Lisbon has a vivid, young and experimental spirit and offers a rich and varied history in glorious year-round climate and that has attracted a lot of foreign people.


The ISAC Meeting will take place at the NOVA Medical School in Lisbon, located in the city center, between the two most iconic avenues, and easily accessible by public transport.


We look forward to welcoming you to Lisbon where you will have the opportunity to enjoy an exciting scientific conference in a rich cultural and historical setting.


Important dates

  1. Until 15th February 2020 – Abstract submission
  2. Until 31st March 2020 – Early bird registration
  3. 15th March 2020 – Selection of abstracts for oral presentations
  4. 31st March 2020 – Travel grant application


Registration fees

  Until 31st of March 2020 After 31st of March 2020 One-day fee
Seniors 400€ 500€ 150€
Students* 150€ 200€ 75€
Accompanying person 80€ 80€


*Students (undergraduate, MSc, PhD and postdocs) must present a letter from their supervisor or equivalent. Please send the letter with the confirmation of payment to the ISAC 2020 email:


Upon registration payment please send a confirmation to the following email:


Registration includes: access to scientific sessions and to the conference program. Coffee-breaks and lunch for the days of the congress. Wine and cheese on the 1st day of the meeting, Lisbon guided tour on the 2nd day and the Gala Dinner on the last day of the meeting. Also registration includes a free Lisbon museums pass to be used on the 3rd of July.


Machiko Shirata Grants to PhD and Post-doc Students

Ten Travel Grants of $500 will be available to young presenting authors as part of Machiko Shirata (1950-2016) legacy to support trainees with interest in hypoxic chemosensitivity to attend the ISAC international meeting.

Applications may be made by young students (MSc and PhD) or from scientists conducting research after completion of the doctoral studies (postdocs/fellows).

The deadline for Travel Grant Applications is 31st of March of 2020.


Please submit the application by email:, including the supporting documents:

– Motivation letter

– Brief recommendation by the Supervisor / Head of Department

– Copy of accepted abstract

– Resumed curriculum vitae



Auditorium Manuel Machado Macedo

CEDOC, NOVA Medical School/Faculdade de Ciências Médicas

Rua Câmara Pestana, nº6, Edificio 2, 1150-082 Lisboa, Portugal



The venue is located in the city center of Lisbon with very diverse types of accommodation. No conference hotels will be suggested.


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We take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


By the ISAC 2020 Scientific Committee

Emilia C. Monteiro

Silvia V. Conde