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Ohio is talking about fixing broken hearts, the physiology of freezing, combating opioid addiction and more

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The Ohio Physiological Society held their 33rd Annual Meeting at the University of Cincinnati this weekend.

The keynote address was given by Dr. Mark Sussman from San Diego State University. He spoke about current research strategies that aim to improve the ability for the heart to repair itself after heart failure. Dr. Perwez Alam (University of Cincinnati) also spoke about using siRNA to try to repair heart tissue after heart attacks and Lin Jiang and colleagues presented research that explored the use of CRISPR technology to repair hearts.

Thomas Kwiatkowski, graduate student at The Ohio State University, presented research on new techniques to repair muscle membranes, which may lead to new treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Monica Ghosh and Dr. Derek Damron (Kent State University) spoke about a novel treatment to reverse the negative effects of opioids.

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Drawing of Chaenocephalus aceratus from Wikimedia commons

Other highlights included a presentation by Elizabeth Evans, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Crockett who presented her research on how Antarctic icefish (Chaenocephalus aceratus [pictured above] and Notothenia coriiceps) had different stress responses when exposed to warming temperatures.

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Photo of an Aedes aegypti mosquito from Wikimedia commons

Christopher Gillen and colleagues presented research that examined special sodium chloride transporters in mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, while Elise Didion and colleagues talked about how the gut microbiome of northern house mosquitoes, Culex pipiens, helps prepare the mosquitoes for dormancy.

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Photo of a Cope’s gray treefrog from Wikipedia

Spencer Dufresne presented research conducted under the direction of Dr. Clara do Amarol (Mount St. Joseph University) that examined whether dehydration can stimulate freeze-tolerant Cope’s gray treefrogs (Dryophytes chrysoscelis) to turn on their special cryoprotective mechanisms.

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