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Dr Katja Rietdorf
I am a cell physiologist specialising in calcium signalling and the regulation of calcium channels. My PhD was obtained in the laboratory of Bernd Walz at the University of Potsdam in Germany on the topic of ‘Signalling Pathways that Stimulate Protein and Fluid Secretion in Cockroach Salivary Glands’. This was followed by studying IP3 receptor-interacting proteins in Martin Bootman and Mike Berridge’s laboratory at The Babraham Institute in Cambridge, and the characterisation of two-pore channels (TPCs) as endolysosomal calcium channels activated by the second messenger NAADP in Antony Galione’s laboratory at Oxford University. Subsequently I joined the laboratory of Michael Sanderson at UMASS Medical School in Worcester, MA, USA and started working on a special type of cardiac cells called pulmonary vein sleeve cells (PVCs). From UMASS I moved to The Open University, first as a Research Fellow, before I became a Lecturer in Biology in 2016.
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Copyright: Rare disease event banner by Rare Disease UK
Rare Diseases Day is celebrated annually on the last day of February. This ‘rare day’ which occurs on the 28th February, or once every 4 years, the 29th of February was an apt choice for Rare Diseases Day. Many people do not fully appreciate what a ‘Rare Disease’ is, as they are so uncommon. The article aims to explain rare diseases and raise awareness of these fascinating and devastating conditions.
26 Feb 2021
An overview of the processes that cause the regular beating of a healthy heart, and the structure of cardiac myocytes (heart muscle cells) with a brief introduction to changes in the heart function found in CLN3 disease, or juvenile dementia.
15 Feb 2021
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