Vol. 12 No. 2 - September, 2009

Kathleen Dunlap, PhD, to deliver annual Fred Fay Lecture

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Kathleen Dunlap, PhD

 Kathleen A. Dunlap, PhD, professor of neuroscience at Tufts University Medical School and professor in the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center, will deliver the eleventh annual Fred S. Fay lecture on Monday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Arthur and Martha Pappas Amphitheatre (Amphitheatre I) in the Medical School. Dr. Dunlap’s lecture, Calcium Channel Plasticity: Molecular Mechanisms, Modulatory Consequences, and Medicinal Possibilities, is given in honor of the late Professor of Physiology Frederic S. Fay and his scientific contributions.

Like Dr. Fay’s, Dunlap’s research focuses on the role of calcium in regulating cell function. Her early seminal insights into how neurotransmitters use different receptors to modulate calcium currents and alter action potential wave forms and firing frequency have influenced thousands of subsequent studies on calcium-dependent neurotransmitter release, G-protein coupled receptor modulation of ion channels and, most recently, the role of voltage-gated calcium channels in dorsal root ganglion neurons in mediating pain perception.

Dunlap received her bachelor’s degree and doctorate from the University of California in Los Angeles. After post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School, she joined the faculty at Tufts University Medical School in 1979; she serves as the director of the Synapse Neurobiology Pre-doctoral Training Program and director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience.