CIMED Research Day and 4th Annual Joseph “Bo” Koster Memorial Lecture and Reception

Thanks to all participants in the CIMED Research Day held in conjunction with the Koster Memorial Lecture and Reception on the afternoon of May 20th in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center.

40 posters were presented on topics from fundamental ion channel biochemistry and biophysics to excitability diseases in humans. The poster session ran from 2:00-4:00 pm in the FLTC Atrium and was followed by the 4th Annual Koster Memorial Lecture (“Metabolism, Mechanics and Muscular Dystrophies: X-ROS meets Excitability”) in Connor auditorium, presented by Dr. W. Jonathan Lederer from the University of Maryland School of Medicine

The posters were judged by Drs. England, Huettner, Klyachko, Mann, and Mercer and three prizes of $100 each were presented to the best poster in each of three categories:

  • Pre-Doctoral – Keita Uchida – “Overexpression of active KATP channels in adult mouse hearts”


  • Post-Doctoral – Yarimar Carrasquillo, Ph.D. – “FGF14 regulates the firing properties of adult cerebellar Purkinje neurons through modulation of voltage-dependent Na+ channel inactivation and is crucial for motor coordination”


  • Translational – Scott Marrus, M.D., Ph.D. – “Characterization of the transient outward potassium current (Ito) in human induced pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes”


Many thanks to all who contributed posters, and congratulations to the three winners!


We look forward to seeing you all again next year.