Ion Channels & Transporters in Immunity Seminars & Symposia
The Ion Channels and Transporters in Immunity Research Program at NYU Langone hosts seminars and symposia to bring program faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows together to discuss their research and explore its potential to advance our understanding of immune-related diseases.
We host a variety of seminars to give investigators an opportunity to share their ongoing work.
Please note that many of our seminars scheduled to occur in 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled or postponed due to concerns about COVID-19. We will update this page as we reschedule events.
Works in Progress Seminars
Our Works in Progress seminars take place from 11:00AM to 12:00PM every fourth Wednesday.
In this internal seminar series, scientists from labs located at NYU Langone present and discuss preliminary data in the area of ion channels and transporters in immunity.
Ion Channels in Immunity Seminars
This seminar series features researchers from institutions around the country who are studying the role of ion channels in immune-related disease. The seminars take place from 11:00AM to 12:00PM unless indicated otherwise.
November 18, 2020
Speaker: Murali Prakriya, PhD, Northwestern University
Title: Regulation of neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain by glial store operated Orai1 channels
December 16, 2020
Speaker: Yubin Zhou, PhD, Texas A&M University
Title: Optogenetic and chemogenetic engineering of immune cells
January 20, 2021
Speaker: Asrar Malik, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Title: TWIK2 regulation of macrophage plasticity and resolution of inflammation
May 19, 2021
Speaker: Andreas H. Guse PhD, University of Hamburg, Germany
Title: NAADP signaling reinvented: New kids on the block
Educational workshops in ion channels and immunology feature skill- and knowledge-building sessions led by leading experts.
2021 Educational Workshop on Ion Channels and Immunology: Bridging the Gap Between Immunology and Ion Channel/Transporter Physiology and Structure Research
This online event took place on May 21, 2021.
Learn more about panelists for the 2021 workshop.
The Ion Channels and Immunity Symposia provide a unique opportunity for scientists studying ion channels and transporters in immune cells to discuss their research on the regulation, function, and physiological roles of ion channels and transporters in innate and adaptive immunity.
2021 Symposium: Ion Channels and Transporters in Immunity, Inflammation, and Antitumor Immunity
The 2021 symposium will be held in conjunction with the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Physiologists, which will take place from September 8 to 12, 2021, at Marine Biology Labs in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The meeting organizers are Stefan Feske, MD, and Bimal N. Desai, PhD.
This is the first multiday international conference dedicated to research on ion channels and transporters in immunity that will be attended by scientists from all over the world. It provides a unique opportunity to discuss research on the regulation, function, and physiological roles of ion channels in innate and adaptive immunity.
Session topics for the 2021 symposium include the following:
- ion channelopathies causing immunodeficiency
- ion channels and ionic signals in innate immunity
- ion channels and transporters regulating immunometabolism
- Ca2+ channels as regulators of adaptive immunity
- ion channels in macrophage and neutrophil function
- ion channels in cancer and antitumor immunity
- ion channels and transporters in T lymphocyte function
- ion channels in inflammation and neuroinflammation
- ion channels as drug targets in immune disease and late-breaking topics
Learn more about registration and abstract submission for the 2021 symposium.
Learn more about the topics and speakers of our past symposia.
2020 Networking Event: Shedding Light on the Dark “Ion Channelome”
October 15, 2020, 12:00PM–2:00PM
The symposium’s four seminar-style presentations discussed research on new ion channels that span a variety of tissues, cellular compartments, and gating mechanisms. Watch a video of the symposium.
- Diego De Stefani, PhD, University of Padova, Italy: Mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channels
- Reza Sharif Naeini, PhD, McGill University, Canada: Contribution of the TACAN channel to mechanical pain
- Zhaozhu Qiu, PhD, Johns Hopkins University: Discovery of PAC: a new proton-activated chloride channel
- Chris Ritchie, Stanford University: Cellular transport mechanisms of the anti-cancer immunotransmitter 2'3'- cGAMP
2020 Symposium: Ion Channels and Transporters in Immunity
September 11, 2020, 11:00AM–3:00PM
Online symposium hosted by the Society of General Physiologists
Chaired by Stefan Feske, MD, and Bimal N. Desai, PhD
This online symposium featured seven speakers presenting their latest work in the areas of ion channels and transporters in immunity. Learn more about the symposium schedule.
- Sophie Hambleton, DPhil, Newcastle University: ZIP7—An unexpected player in B cell development
- Susanna Zierler, PhD, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich: TRPM7 channel-kinase function—from cellular signaling to immune system homeostasis
- Yubin Zhou, PhD, Texas A&M University: Optogenetic regulation of CRAC channel function and signaling in immune cells
- Axel Concepcion, PhD, NYU Langone: Novel ion channel regulators of T-cell function
- Michael Cahalan, PhD, University of California, Irvine: Th17 cell calcium signaling in the spinal cord during murine autoimmune neuroinflammation
- Susan R. Schwab, PhD, NYU Langone: S1P transporter SPNS2 regulates T-cell migration
- David Raulet, PhD, University of California, Berkeley: Cellular import of immunostimulatory cyclic dinucleotides by folic acid transporters
The first international Ion Channels and Immunity Symposium hosted at NYU Langone took place on December 3, 2018.
Leading scientists from academia and industry discussed their latest research. Pre- and postdoctoral trainees from the United States and Europe presented posters on a variety of topics including the regulation and function of ion channels and transporters in cells of the innate and adaptive immune system.
The following session topics were presented and discussed:
Ion channels in immune cell development and function
Speakers: Michael D. Cahalan, PhD; Bimal N. Desai, PhD; Janet Chou, MD; Daniela Buccella, PhD
Speakers: J. Kevin Foskett, PhD; Laura Conforti, PhD; Minsoo Kim, PhD
Drug targets for immunotherapy
Speakers: Christine Beeton, PhD; Edward Y. Skolnik, MD; Kenneth A. Stauderman, PhD; Anant Parekh, PhD