AuPS/ASB Meeting AuPS

1st - 4th December 2019
Canberra, ACT


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Channels and Transporters as molecular mechanisms of epilepsy

Joint PSJ - AuPS symposium

Chair: Dr Chelsea Goulton, UNSW & Assoc Prof Andrew Moorhouse, UNSW

  • Atsuo Fukuda: Hamamatsu University, Japan
    Mutations in KCC2 and seizures
  • Ryuta Koyama: The University of Tokyo, Japan
    Microglia rewire circuits in febrile seizures.
  • Linlin Ma: Griffith University
    hEAG1 as antiepileptic target for venom peptides
  • Nathan Absalom : Sydney University
    GABA receptor mutations and epilepsy

Unravelling the mysteries of mitochondria in health and disease

Chair: Livia Hool, University of WA

  • Shey-Shing Sheu: Thomas Jefferson University, USA
    The implications of SR-mitochondrial calcium signalling in cardiac function
  • Helena Viola: Univiersity of WA
    An alternative mechanism for regulation of mitochondrial energetics in the heart
  • Andy Philp: UGarvin Institute of Medical Research
    The influence of aerobic exercise on mitochondrial quality control in skeletal muscle
  • Aleksandra Filipovska: Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
    The role of mitochondrial RNA binding proteins in mitochondrial disease

Cardiomyocyte Ca2+ handling and myofilament modification

Chair: Lea Delbridge (University of Melbourne)

  • William Louch:University of Oslo
    Cardiomyocyte dyadic plasticity in heart failure
  • Kimberley Mellor: University of Auckland
    Irreversible cardiac troponin modification - a contributing factor in diabetic cardiomyopathy?
  • Peter Jones: University of Otago
    Ryanodine receptor regulation in health and disease
  • Rebecca Ritchie: Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
    O-GlcNAc modifications in diabetic cardiomyopathy

Environmental and epigenetic influences on cardiovascular pathology

Chair: Jim Bell, La Trobe University

  • Janna Morrison: University of South Australia
    Maternal influence on fetal heart development
  • James Fisher: University of Auckland
    The endogenous autonomic environment shapes cardiovascular reactive responses
  • Lorna Daniels:University of Auckland
    Metabolic consequences of cardiac fructose metabolism
  • Enzo Porello:MCRI/University of Melbourne
    The epigenetic landscape in cardiac development

Ion channels in different tissues

Chair: Nicole Beard, University of Canberra & Bradley Launikonis, UQ

  • Timothy Domeier: University of Missouri, USA
    TRPV4 in I/R and preload elevation
  • Felicity Davis: University of Qld
    Calcium signalling in the mammary gland
  • Charles Cox:Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
    Mechano-sensitive channels in the heart
  • Bradley Launikonis: University of Qld
    Sarcoplasmic reticulum-mitochondrial interactions following high intensity interval training.

Using next-generation technologies to unlock novel cellular physiology

Chair: Kevin Watt, University of Melbourne

  • Ben Parker: University of Melbourne
    A systems biology approach to define cellular physiology
  • Kaylene Simpson: Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
    Making novel discoveries using high throughput technologies
  • Robert Judson: STEMCELL Technologies, Candada
    Using iPS technologies for muscle disease modelling and cell therapy

21st Innovations in Physiology Practical classes

Chair: Julia Choate, Monash University

  • Judit Kibedi: University of QLd
    Development of tutors' dialogic and feedback skills that promote students' scientific writing
  • Tracey Kuit: University of Woolongong
    eNotebooks in Laboratory Teaching: Developing Students Employability Skills using a Students as Partners Approach
  • Margot Day: University of Sydney
    Use of a cloud-based interactive learning tool in Physiology practicals and beyond
  • Charles Sevigny: University of Melbourne
    Facilitating the Use of Virtual Reality in Education
  • Liz Beckett: University of Adelaide
    Reattaching the cart to the horse: The benefits of a gradual progression from structured to guided inquiry for the development of research skills in physiology teaching

Sex-differences in metabolism: novel insights on mechanisms

Chair: Adam Rose, Monash University

  • Karen Reue: University of California, LA, USA
    Genetic control of sex differences in metabolic physiology
  • Axel Kallies : Doherty Institute and Univiersity of Melbourne
    Sex-specific adipose tissue imprinting of regulatory T cells
  • Kelly Walton: Monash University
    Activins as sex-biased modulators of metabolic control
  • Shanie Landen: Victoria University
    Sex-specific adaptations to exercise training; role of epigenetics

Model systems to advance human physiology research

Chair: Andres Philp, Garvan Institute and James Hudson, QIMR Berghofer

  • Richard Mills: QIMR Berghofer
    Engineering micro muscles - adding another dimension to skeletal muscle research
  • Kelly Smith: Univiersity of Melbourne
    Identification of novel genes regulating cardiac physiology using genetic screening in zebrafish
  • Tim Etheridge: University of Exeter
    Sending worms to space to understand human muscle wasting disorders
  • Avnika Ruparelia: Monash University
    Elucidating the mechanism of sarcopenia using killifish and zebrafish models

Fluorescence measurement of cellular function

ASB symposium

Chair: Andrea Yool, University of Adelaide

  • Nela Durisic: University of Queensland
    The dynamic synapse in epilepsy: effects of heritable human mutations revealed by super-resolution microscopy
  • Alice Bong: University of Queensland
    A recently identified ion channel in breast cancer
  • Sam Robinson: University of Queensland
    Using animal venoms to identify new pain pathways
  • Jinxin Victor Pei: University of Adelaide
    Analysis of nonselective cation channel activity in migrating cancer cells using photo-switchable ion sensor

Membrane Protein Biophysics

ASB symposium: Sponsored by The Journal of General Physiology

Chair: Toby Allen, RMIT & Renae Ryan, Univeristy of Sydney

  • Crina Nimigean: Cornell University
    Mechanism of Calcium Gating and Inactivation in Potassium Channels
  • Simon Scheuring: Weill Cornell Medicine
    Structural response of the piezo channel upon application of force
  • Aurelio Galli: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Watch Flies Teaching Us Mechanisms of Neurological Disorders and Transporter Dysfunctions
  • Takayuki Nishizaka: Gakushuin University
    Membrane-embedded molecular motors to propel microorganisms

Alternative approaches to the use of animals in physiology and biophysics

ASB symposium: Sponsored by MAWA

Chair: Boris Martinac, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and Stefan Bröer, ANU

  • Eduardo Perozo: University of Chicago
    Mechanotransduction in Biology: A membrane-centric perspective
  • Matthew Baker: UNSW
    Resurrecting the ancient flagellar motor
  • Rocio Finol-Urdaneta : University of Woolongong
    Assessing off-target effects of approved pharmaceuticals on novel antimicrobial targets.
  • Katie Wilson : Australian National University
    Computational Modelling of Lipid Inhibitor Binding to the Neurotransmitter Transporter GlyT2 /li>