The guiding principle of this conference is to convene and highlight the latest advances in our understanding of ion channel structure, physiological roles of channels, and ion channel defects that underlie disease, which could form the basis for treatment strategies. The 2020 iteration of the Ion Channels GRC will turn toward the roles of ion channels in health and disease, with sessions organized around advances in our understanding of structure, function, and diseases related to the spectrum of ion channels. The sessions will combine viewpoints on channel function in health, with "channelopathies" underlying diabetes, immunodeficiency, sensory deficits, epilepsy, arrhythmias, and other disease. Our diverse panel of speakers and discussion leaders are selected to maximize the perspectives presented, and stimulate lively discussion among all participants. In addition, scientific discussion will be facilitated and promoted at four poster sessions throughout the week, so that all meeting attendees will have the opportunity to make scientific connections that are critical to moving the field forward. Although "Ion Channels" is a long-standing and well established conference, we uphold a tradition of bringing new speakers and young investigators front-and-center, for presentation of new ideas and discoveries, with many opportunities for interaction among students and researchers at all career stages in a most collegial setting.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: Ion Signaling in Metabolism
- Glutamate Receptors, Synapses and Memory
- Calcium Channels in Muscle, Nerve and Immune Cell Function
- Nav, Kv and TRP Channels in Pain, Cognition and Excitability
- Anions, Eggs and Lysosomes
- Ion Channels with Heart
- Channel Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Electrical Signaling and Transport in Prokaryotes
- Channels in Sensory Biology