ION CHANNEL SPECIALISTS MET IN THE ELQUI VALLEY

THE ACTIVITY, WHICH BROUGHT TOGETHER SCIENTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD ON THIS TOPIC, WAS CO-ORGANIZED BY ACADEMICS FROM THE UTALCA, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE RESEARCH OFFICE OF THE INSTITUTION.



April 28, 2017

About 50 national and international scientists gathered in the town of Montegrande, in the Elqui Valley, to share their work in the area of ion channels, a scientific field where specialists in areas such as biological and chemical sciences who study the characteristics of these molecular structures that allow the passage of certain proteins into the cell.
 
Among other topics, the experts made presentations on the diseases involving these elements, its structural analysis and physiology, even the development of drugs linked to these structures, scientific works of great importance in the development of science at the global level.
 
 
"These channels are present in all the cells of our body, for example, in the central nervous system they play a very important role because they are the ones that transmit the nerve impulse, without them we would have no perception of any stimulus," explained Professor Wendy González, from the Department of Engineering of the UTALCA, , who attended the meeting along with academic Leandro Zuniga, from the School of Medicine, in addition to postdocs and PhD students in Applied Sciences of our Academic Institution.
 
 
In total, the delegation from the UTALCA made five presentations on the research work done in the institution and, among other issues, it considered the development of drugs applied to ion channels involved in cancer. Along with this, the group of scientists was associated, as co-researchers, to other presentations made during the meeting.
 
 
"Everything was very positive, as we generated new networks of contact with prominent scientists and, in addition, we realized that many of the participants were aware of what we are doing at the University and that is very well regarded," commented González, who was part of the organization of the event.
 
In addition to the presentations, the participants carried out several additional activities, including the delivery of four microscopes to the school of the area for the children of the community to get interested in science, and a lecture especially designed for them. The journey ended with a meeting where researchers discussed the problems that scientists have in the world, joining in this way to the march made by the sector in the United States.
 
The seminar is organized every two years, jointly by the Center for Scientific Studies (CECS), the University of Talca, GenExpress and the municipality of Paihuano, using always the same space in that county.
 
As part of the support provided by the Research Office of the University, Rodolfo Briones, researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, who attended the meeting in the Elqui Valley, did an internship at the University of Talca, the previous week, where he organized two seminars and collaborated in the Implementation of a technique called Computer Electrophysiology, created at the Max Planck Institute. This technique allows to see how charged ions pass through pores or channels and calculate the current flow.



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