10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: Ion channels are integral membrane proteins responsible for transmitting chemical and electrical signals across membranes, control of cell volume and proliferation, and sensing the extracellular environment. This module reviews current knowledge and thinking about ion channels in mammalian cells. It provides a comprehensive awareness of the major families of channels, illustrates and exemplifies the various ways to study channels, and outlines the theoretical basis for measuring channel function. The module aims to impart understanding of the physiological importance of channels; through examples of the medical and therapeutic significance of ion channel defects leading to disease and exploiting channels as drug targets.

Staff Contact: ROBSON LOUISE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam

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