Connexin43: New roles for a gap junction protein in cardiac conduction, wound healing and cancer. (Video) Event as iCalendar


20 December 2016

1 - 2pm

Venue: Ground Floor Seminar Room 2, 439-G10

Location: 70 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

An ABI seminar by Professor Robert Gourdie, Director, Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine, at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

Professor Gourdie received an MSc from the University of Auckland in Cell and Molecular Biology and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Canterbury. He completed his postdoctoral training in Professor Nick Severs' laboratory at University College, London overlapping with Professor Colin Green.  Professor Gourdie's research has centred on the biology of gap junctional connexins - with specific interests in the role of these membrane channels in normal and pathologic electrical activity in the heart and the tissue injury response. He was appointed Professor and Director of the Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI). Connexin-targeting drugs from his lab’s NHBLI-funded work have made it through successful Phase I and II clinical trials on more than 300 patients and are now in Phase III testing on more than a 1000 subjects. With Dr Steve Poelzing, he is also involved in research on ephaptic mechanisms in cardiac electrical conduction and their possible role in concealed arrhythmic syndromes.