Journal of IiMER Volume 13 Issue 1 Invest in ME Research Dr Øystein Fluge Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway Oystein Fluge received medical degree in 1988 at the University of Bergen, and is specialist in oncology since 2004. He has worked as a Research Fellow with support from the Norwegian Cancer Society and is now chief physician at the Cancer Department, Haukeland University Hospital. Doctoral work emanates from the Surgical Institute and Department of Molecular Biology, University of Bergen. For example, TRPV1 is activated by noxious high temperature (>42°C), TRPM8 by cool temperatures (<~28°C) and TRPV3 by warm temperatures (>32°C). TRPA1 can also be activated by noxious cold temperatures. TRPV1 and TRPA1 are expressed by sensory nerves that respond to noxious stimuli and these two channels are also sensitive to pungent chemicals such as capsaicin found in chilli peppers (TRPV1) and allyl isothiocyanate found in mustard and wasabi (TRPA1). His interest is to determine the roles of TRP channels and other ion channels and receptors in normal physiology and in disease states. The activities of channels and receptors are studied using electrophysiological measurements from native cells (such as sensory neurons) and cells heterologously expressing molecules of interest. Professor Simon Carding Research Leader, Quadram Institute Bioscience Professor Stuart Bevan Professor of Pharmacology at the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, Kings College London, UK Professor Stuart Bevan is Professor of Pharmacology at the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases. From 1997 to 2005, he was Head of the Chronic Pain Unit for Novartis based in the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research laboratories on the UCL campus. Our studies are focused on sensory transduction in neuronal and non-neuronal cells, the transduction and transmission of noxious and innocuous stimuli in peripheral sensory nerves and mechanisms of pain and analgesia. These investigations are carried out using a combination of in vitro and in vivo approaches. Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels Much of our current research involves studies on TRP Channels. TRP channels have diverse roles in sensory transduction and cellular regulation. We have a specific interest in TRP channels expressed by peripheral sensory neurons and interacting cells such as keratinocytes as well as non-neuronal cells in the gastro-intestinal tract. Several of these channels are important sensors of thermal stimuli. Invest in ME Research (Charity Nr. 1153730) Upon completing postgraduate work at the Medical Research Council’s Clinical Research Centre in Harrow, Simon Carding took up a postdoctoral position at New York University School of Medicine, USA,and then at Yale University as a Howard Hughes Fellow in the Immunobiology Group at Yale University with Profs Kim Bottomly and Charlie Janeway Jr. While at Yale an interest in gamma-delta (γδ) T cells was acquired working closely with Adrian Hayday on molecular genetics and then with Prof. Peter Doherty to establish their role in (viral) infectious disease. He left Yale after five years to take up a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he developed a research interest in mucosal and GI-tract immunology, performing studies in germfree mice with Prof John Cebra that helped establish the role of gut microbes in the aetiology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). After 15 years in the USA, he returned to the UK to take up the Chair in Molecular Immunology at the University of Leeds where he established a new research programme on commensal gut bacteria and Bacteroides genetics leading to the development of a Bacteroides drug delivery platform that is being used for developing new interventions for IBD and for mucosal vaccination. investinme.org Page 46 of 52

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