The seventh gap junction webinar took place on May 26th 2021 and featured three speakers from our community. Rebecca Jean Frohlich, a Master student from Jessica Esseltine’s lab at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), elegantly illustrated their ongoing work investigating Pannexin 1 through the means of pluripotent stem cells and cerebral organoids. Her talk was followed by Professor Randy F. Stout, from the Center for Biomedical Innovation and NYIT Imaging Center (USA), who has developed advanced microscopy and protein-tagging approaches and provided us with ground-breaking visualizations and simulations of the dynamic gap junction nexus. Finally, Dr Joanne Davidson from The University of Auckland (New Zealand) illustrated the role and potential therapeutic opportunities of targeting connexin 43 hemichannels in perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. Trond Aasen from Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR) in Spain chaired the session.
More than 70 people connected to the session via Zoom, with a few more attending on Youtube. Many thanks to the speakers for their interesting presentations and, of course, to the attendees for joining us and making the IGJC webinars a success!