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Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Excitability


Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Excitability

Universiteit Hasselt - Knowledge in action

WORKSHOP AND SYMPOSIUM ON ELECTROPHYSIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF ION CHANNEL FUNCTION

Excitability in living organisms and cells has intrigued scientists for decades. At the basis of electrical events in cells are ion channels, i.e. transmembrane proteins forming pores through which charged ions flow. Electrophysiological techniques such as the Nobel prize winning patch clamp technique allowed to measure the function of single proteins in real time. Patch clamp and other electrophysiological techniques have been a gold standard in physiology, pharmacology and pathology laboratories.

In this workshop PhD students and junior postdocs will gain hands on experience in several electrophysiological techniques supplemented with the basic theory. The workshop will be complemented with an international symposium on “Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Excitability” in which leaders of the field such as Francisco Bezanilla and David Eisner will inspire junior and senior investigators interested in both neuroscience and cardiophysiology. The symposium is open to all researchers.

In addition to a great scientific and training program, there will be ample opportunities to network during the breaks and poster sessions.

This workshop is organized by the IUAP - P7/10 consortium.