Structure/function of neuromuscular active zones and development of new treatments for neuromuscular disease

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 11:00 AM
Elmore Auditorium
Stephen D. Meriney, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Samuel M. Young, Jr., PhD
(561) 972-9000

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The Meriney laboratory focuses on synaptic function and plasticity, especially as it relates to presynaptic mechanisms.  We generally study these issues using model neuromuscular synapses from both healthy frogs and healthy and disease-model mice.  Using a multidisciplinary approach (electrophysiology, calcium imaging, computer modeling, and immunohistochemistry) we study the regulation and modulation of presynaptic calcium entry and transmitter release, the effects of disease on the synapse, and develop novel calcium channel gating modifiers to treat synaptic weakness.

This seminar is open to faculty, scientists, and students from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the Scripps Research Institute Florida, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Florida. If you belong to an institution outside of the Jupiter campus and would like to attend, please send a request to