Belgium Networking Event

Determinants of Neuronal Excitability: 

Modeling the Roles of Sensory TRP and Potassium Channels

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

September 24, 2014


Karel Talavera, KU Leuven


This event will bring together a number of specialists from the field of neuronal excitability. Students will be instructed on the use of
biophysical techniques to study the function of ion channels in different neuronal preparations, including extracellular nerve recordings,
conventional and automated patch-clamp, fluorimetric intracellular calcium imaging and microelectrode arrays (MEA). This event will also
serve to establish the bases for future collaborations between the participating groups, which will be aimed to the development of
models of neuronal excitability, incorporating detailed information about the biophysical and pharmacological properties of sensory TRP
channels. Lunch is provided. 


Maria Belvisi, Imperial College, London
Vincent Seutin, University of Liege
Yeranddy A. Alpizar, KU Leuven
Karel Talavera, KU Leuven


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  Maria G. Belvisi, Imperial College, London, "Role of TRPV4 in the Airways"
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Vincent Seutin, University of Liege, " Modulation of the Excitability of Midbrain Dopamine
Neurons by Potassium and Calcium Channels"
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Karel Talavera, KU Leuven, " Unspecific Effects of TRP Channel Agonists"
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM BREAK
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Yaranddy Alpizar, KU Leuven, "Role of TRP Channels as Endotoxin Sesors"


For questions regarding the networking event, please contact Karel Talavera at