Ion Channels Association
The Ion Channel association is a non-profit association promoting scientifc exchanges in the field of ion channels. Since 1989, the Ion Channel association has organized an international yearly meeting to gather ion channels researchers.
Membership is granted to those attending the ion channel meeting. The meeting organizing committee is renewed by half every year, each member being elected by a general assembly for two years. Members cannot be re-elected, except for the board. Each year, newly elected members are in charge of the organization of the five symposia of the meeting, and invite speakers who are international leaders in their field. Older members organize the sponsoring and the logistics.
The 31th Ion Channel Meeting
Due to the Covid-19 situation , the 31th Ion Channel Meeting initially schedulled for 2020 is postponed to september 11-14th , 2022.
The 2021 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine goes to TRP channel research
The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian “for their discoveries of receptors for temperature and touch.”
Our ability to sense heat, cold and touch is essential for survival and underpins our interaction with the world around us. In our daily lives we take these sensations for granted, but how are nerve impulses initiated so that temperature and pressure can be perceived? This question has been solved by this year’s laureates.
Julius utilised capsaicin, a pungent compound from chilli peppers that induces a burning sensation, to identify a sensor in the nerve endings of the skin that responds to heat. Patapoutian used pressure-sensitive cells to discover a novel class of sensors that respond to mechanical stimuli in the skin and internal organs. These breakthrough discoveries launched intense research activities leading to an increase in our understanding of how our nervous system senses heat, cold, and mechanical stimuli. The 2021 medicine laureates identified critical missing links in our understanding of the complex interplay between our senses and the environment.
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