Accepted Invited Speakers

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Dr Christian Giaume, Collège de France, Paris
Christian Giaume is a specialist of brain gap junctions and neuroglial interactions. His first studies were on invertebrate electrical synapses, and then on the regulation and single channel analysis of gap junctions in rat lacrimal glands. Over the last decades, he focused his interest on gap junctions and hemichannels in glial cells aiming to characterize their properties and establish their role in neuroglial interactions in normal and in pathological situations.
Dr. Janis (Jan) Burt, University of Arizona, USA
Janis Burt is Professor of Physiology and Surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her research has focused for many years on regulated function of and by gap junction channels and their comprising connexins as expressed in the heart and arterial vasculature. In recent years, comparisons of Cx43, Cx40 and Cx37 have led to new insights on mechanisms of channel gating and strategies for controlled cell growth during development and in response to injury.
MayanEmerging Research Leader Speaker
Dr Maria D Mayan, INIBIC, Spain
Maria D. Mayan is the head of the CellCOM-SB research group at the Institute for Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC), Spain. Dr. Mayan is an expert in the field of rheumatology, physiopathology of osteoarthritis and functions of connexins in articular cartilage. Her research group has recently started to study the role of Cx26 and Cx43 in skin diseases and breast cancer. Maria Mayan awarded her PhD in Molecular Biology at the Complutense University (Madrid) after which she spent 4 years on Postdoctoral Fellowships in UK (Imperial College London and CSC-MRC). She returned to Spain to INIBIC where she joined to Rheumatology Division as a junior research group leader. In 2015 she established her own group.
SilviaPenuelaEmerging Research Leader Speaker
Dr Silvia Penuela, University of Western Ontario, Canada
I received my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, U.S. and did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Laird, where I developed my interest in the cell biology of pannexin channels. In 2014 I started a tenure-track position in the Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Western University. The main areas of research in my lab include the regulation of pannexin channels and their role in cancer, as well as their function in inflammation and obesity.
SmythEmerging Research Leader Speaker
Dr James Smyth, The Virginia Tech Carillion Research Institute, USA
After receiving my Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin, I undertook my postdoctoral training with Robin Shaw at the University of California San Francisco, and later Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. In 2014 I joined the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and School of Medicine as an Assistant professor. My laboratory is investigating regulation of Cx43 from RNA to protein, and how these mechanisms are altered in human diseases such as cardiac ischemia and viral infection.