Stony Brook University hosted more than 80 researchers at the iGluR2022 conference, an annual retreat focused on ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluR), which are the major means of communication in the brain.
The eighth annual retreat was held August 1-3 at the Charles B. Wang Center, hosted by professor Lonnie Wollmuth of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior in the College of Arts and Sciences. Wollmuth said the topic of the conference was mechanisms regulating fast cell-to-cell communication in the brain, focusing on those synapses that use glutamate as a signaling molecule.
Speakers came from around the world and the United States to give updates on their cutting-edge research. Topics ranged from the structure and pharmacology of key membrane proteins involved in detecting glutamate to how dysfunction in this system can lead to brain disorders including autism, epilepsy, stroke and intellectual disability.
The conference was made possible by the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, and Center for Nervous System Disorders, the Stony Brook Medicine Neuroscience Institute, the Stony Brook University Office of the Vice President for Research, as well as the CureGRIN Foundation, GRIN Therapeutics and others.