Epithelia & Membrane Transport - EM

The EM Theme is a forum for those who share an interest in all aspects of epithelial physiology research, as well as those with a specific focus on membrane transport. 

Epithelia are sheets of cells that line ducts and tubes, such as the intestines and air passageways in the lungs. Transport is a fundamental function of all epithelial tissues and determines a host of important bodily functions such as  blood pressure control, the removal of waste products by the kidneys and the absorption of food with the secretion of saliva and digestive enzymes.

Numerous diseases are caused by epithelial transport problems. Examples include hypertension (high blood pressure), diarrhoea caused by bacterial infections (such as cholera) and cystic fibrosis – the most common life-shortening inherited disease. Understanding which transport proteins are involved, how they coordinate transport in the epithelia, and ultimately what goes wrong in disease is vitally important to develop new treatments.

The current convenors are James Garnett (Newcastle University/Boehringer Ingelheim) and Morag Mansley (University of Edinburgh).

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