08:00     Tea/coffee

09:00     Welcome remarks

Session 1 – Chair:
Professor David Beech – University of Leeds


09:15    Professor Akiyuki Taruno MD – Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
Channel synapse: a chemical synapse where transmitter release is mediated by ion channel pores but not synaptic vesicles

09:40     Dr Anthony Lewis – Portsmouth University
Gating and regulation of fungal potassium channels

10:05     Dr Nina Ottosson – Linköping University
Development of new Kv7.2/7.3 channel openers

10:30     Tea/coffee, Exhibits and Posters

11:15     Professor Ewan St. John Smith – University of Cambridge
Transduction and transmission of nociception

11:40     Professor Emilio Carbone – University of Torino
L-type channelopathies causing autism: new identified molecular hallmarks using autistic mouse models

12:05     Professor Birgit Liss – University of Ulm
It’s complicated – voltage-gated Ca2+ channel function in dopaminergic neurons in health and Parkinson’s disease

12:30     Dr Thomas Binzer – Sophion Bioscience
Remarks from Sophion before lunch

12:40     Lunch – networking, exhibits and posters


Session 2 – Chair:
Professor Irina Vetter – University of Queensland

14:00     Iain Greenwood – St. George’s, University of London
The regulation of Kv7 channels by β γ G proteins

14:25     Liz Roberts – AstraZeneca
Ion channels as drug targets for respiratory diseases

14:50     Professor Samuel Fountain – University of East Anglia
P2X receptors: targets for new medicines

15:15     Tea/coffee, Exhibits and Posters

16:00     Dr Shehrazade Dahimène – University College London
Biallelic loss-of-function variants in CACNA2D1, encoding the calcium channel auxiliary subunit alpha2delta-1, cause early-onset developmental epileptic encephalopathy

16:25     Professor Katsuhiko Muraki – Aichi-Gakuin University
Comparison of TRPA1 and PIEZO1 channel function among species

16:50     Dr Mads P G Korsgaard – Sophion Bioscience
Sophion, pioneers in automated patch clamp – and also not so automated

17:15     Wrap up

17:30     Drinks reception

19:00     Dinner


08:00     Tea/coffee

09:00     Welcome remarks


Session 3 – Chair:
Dr Anthony Lewis – University of Portsmouth

09:05     Professor Makoto Tominaga – National Institute for Physiological Sciences
Structure and Function of Thermosensitive TRP Channels


09:30     Professor Ian Mellor – University of Nottingham
NaV channel modulation by toxins from centipede venom


09:55      Professor Jeremy Lambert – University of Dundee
Neurosteroids – Endogenous modulators of the GABAA receptor


10:20     Tea/coffee, Exhibits and Posters


11:20     Professor Irina Vetter – Queensland University
A new family of sodium channel-targeting peptides from the giant Australian stinging tree


11:45      Dr Alexandra Pinggera – Metrion Biosciences
Insights from novel manual patch clamp techniques for target validation


12:10     Dr David Andersson – King’s College London
TRPA1 inactivation produces analgesia mediated by opioid receptors


12:35    Lunch – networking, exhibits and posters


Session 4 – Chair:
Professor Samuel Fountain – University of East Anglia

14:00     Professor Thomas Voets – KU Leuven
TRPM3 – from the periphery to the brain


14:25     Professor David Beech – Leeds University
PIEZO1 channels in health and disease


14:50     Dr Andrew Penn – University of Sussex
Synaptic dysfunction by mutations in GRIN2B and GRIN2A: Subunit identity dominating over mutation classification


15:15    Sofia Hammami Bomholtz – Acesion Pharma
Development of SK channel inhibitor for the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation


15:40     Wrap-up