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Gerald Zamponi


Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Senior Associate Dean for Research, Cumming School of Medicine

(403) 220-8687

Cumming School of Medicine
TRW 7D13
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary AB  T2N 4Z6

Recent publications

Research Activities: 

Dr. Zamponi’s broad research focus has been on the roles of voltage gated calcium channels in controlling the electrical activities of neurons and how they are compromised in various neurological disorders.  This resulted in numerous important contributions to basic and applied science, including advances in understanding:

-        calcium channel structure, function and molecular pharmacology

-        their regulation by G protein coupled receptors and its physiological consequences

-        the role of signalling complexes between calcium channels and other channels/receptors

-        how genetic mutations in calcium channels of patients with epilepsy trigger seizures 

-        the roles of calcium channels in afferent pain signalling

In addition, Dr. Zamponi’s lab uses optogenetics approaches to decipher brain circuits that control sensory and emotional components of pain.

  • Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)