SICB Annual Meeting 2011
January 3-7, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT

Symposium: Synthesis of Physiologic Data from the Mammalian Feeding Apparatus using FEED, the Feeding Experiments End-User Database

I. Symposium Overview
This symposium will highlight a new database, the Feeding Experiments End-User Database (FEED), which serves as the first digital repository for comparative physiologic data. FEED is specifically aimed at promoting data archiving and sharing of electromyographic and associated measurement data collected during mammalian feeding, including drinking, mastication, and swallowing. While the current focus of FEED is on mammalian feeding, our ultimate intention is to allow all researchers studying feeding in other groups to utilize the database. Thus, we also hope that FEED will serve as a model for the development of additional (and coordinated) databases focusing on feeding physiology in other vertebrate groups. To this end, we will use this symposium to introduce and promote the database to the many SICB attendees studying feeding in non-mammals. Talks in the symposium are largely collaborative to facilitate comparative synthetic analyses and integration of existing data in FEED. The talks include a diversity of topics and species to highlight current gaps in our understanding of the physiology of mammalian feeding and inspire new uses for existing data.

II. Sponsors

This symposium is sponsored by the following SICB divisions: DCPB, DNB, DSEB, DVM

III. Symposium Objectives
A primary goal of this symposium is to present synthetic studies of the physiology of mammalian feeding that will draw from multiple original studies archived in the Feeding Experiments End-User Database (FEED). A second goal is to highlight FEED as a model for data archiving and sharing among comparative physiologists, functional morphologists and biomechanists to generate new avenues of research. Talks will center on following four main topic areas:
  • Modularity and integration in the mammalian masticatory apparatus.
  • Evolution and conservation of mammalian feeding motor patterns.
  • The comparative ontogeny of mammalian feeding.
  • The correlation between movement, muscles and morphology during chewing.


  • Susan H. Williams, Ohio University
  • Christine E. Wall, Duke University
  • Rebecca Z. German, Johns Hopkins University
  • Christopher J. Vinyard, Northeast Ohio Universities College of Medicine


S2.1 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 08:00 WALL, C.E.**; VINYARD, C.J.; WILLIAMS, S.H.; GERMAN, R.Z.; GAPEYEV, V.; LIU, X.: Introduction: Overview of the Feeding Experiments End-User Database (FEED)

S2.2 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 08:30 DRUZINSKY, R.E.*; DOHERTY, A.H.; DE VREE, F: Mammalian Masticatory Muscles: homology, nomenclature, and diversification

S2.3 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 09:00 KONOW, N*; HERREL, A; WILLIAMS, S; ROSS, CF; DE VREE, F; CROMPTON, AW; GERMAN, RZ; GINTOF, C: Shifts in muscle activity patterns during the evolution of feeding in gnathostomes

S2.4 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10:00 WILLIAMS, SH*; VINYARD, CJ; CROMPTON, AW; HYLANDER, WL: Patterns of jaw-muscle recruitment evolution in mammals

S2.5 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10:30 VINYARD, CJ*; DOHERTY, AH; WALL, CE; WILLIAMS, SH; ROSS, CF; HERRING, SW; CROMPTON, AW: Patterns of functional integration in the mammalian masticatory apparatus

S2.6 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 11:00 CROMPTON, AW; WILLIAMS, SH*: Masticatory motor patterns of herbivorous marsupials.

S2.7 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 11:30 CAMPBELL-MALONE, R*; CROMPTON, A W; THEXTON, A J; GERMAN, R Z: The development and evolution of mammalian swallowing

S2.8 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 13:00 LANGENBACH, Geerling EJ*; VAN WESSEL, Tim: The ontogeny and physiology of daily oral behaviors

S2.9 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 13:30 HERRING, S.W.*; RAFFERTY, K.L.; LIU, Z.J.; LEMME, M.: Mastication and the Postorbital Ligament: Dynamic Strain in Soft Tissues

S2.10 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 14:00 IRIARTE-DIAZ, J.*; REED, D.A.; ROSS, C.F.: Determinants of variance in 3-D jaw kinematics in two species of primates

S2.11 Tuesday, Jan. 4, 14:30 TERHUNE, Claire E.*; IRIARTE-DIAZ, Jose; TAYLOR, Andrea B.; ROSS, Callum F.: The mandibular instantaneous center of rotation in non-human primates and its relation to gape.