Wednesday, September 3, 2008

At the SGP Calcium Signalling and Disease conference

As I referred to in my earlier post, I'll be heading to the Society of General Physiologists' conference on Calcium Signaling and Disease down in Woods Hole, starting tonight and running through Saturday. I'll be giving a short talk about the work I've been doing on TRPC5, and the meeting overall looks to be quite interesting. If any of you folks out there are attending the meeting, swing by and introduce yourself, and we'll celebrate with the appropriate libation, and talk some science!

Dear Brain Thingy in My Head

Dear neurons residing in my skull,

I realize I've been working you hard recently, to write up this paper and get ready for the SGP meeting. And you've responded in force, and we've been in the flow for what seems like forever, so much so that it's been nearly effortless. Finally it seems like we've got a solid toe-hold on this wonderful, amazing, and beautiful TRPC5 channel that has messed with us for so long (stupid, annoying, crap TRPC5 channel that it is - I know, it's a love-hate relationship). The secrets of the connections between intracellular and extracellular calcium and voltage won't remain hidden forever. But might I make one request?*

At 1:30 AM, I think it'd be best if we all were sleeping, and not thinking about shifting G-V curves. Cause you need your slow-wave sleep and we all end up feeling it when 5:30 rolls around. Just sayin.

*Still though, given the choice between this state and just about any alternative, I'll stick with dreaming of currents.