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Liedtke WB, Heller S, editors. TRP Ion Channel Function in Sensory Transduction and Cellular Signaling Cascades. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2007.

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TRP Ion Channel Function in Sensory Transduction and Cellular Signaling Cascades.

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Wolfgang B. Liedtke, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Duke University Center for Translational Neuroscience, a joint venture between the Department of Neurobiology and the Department of Medicine/Division of Neurology at Duke. He is a board-certified neurologist who provides part-time clinical service in an outpatient pain clinic at Duke University Medical Center. Most of his effort is dedicated toward his laboratory, which focuses on molecular mechanisms of neurosensory transduction, in particular by TRP ion channels. Dr. Liedtke is well accomplished in this field, and he was awarded a Klingenstein Fellowship in Neuroscience in 2004. He went through residency training in his native Germany in neurology and psychiatry and followed up with a neuropathology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he held a Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany (his mentor was Dr. Cedric S. Raine). Next, remaining in New York City, he learned molecular biology “from scratch” at The Rockefeller University (with Dr. Jeffrey M. Friedman). At Rockefeller University, he met Dr. Stefan Heller, which led to a highly successful collaboration. In 2004, Dr. Liedtke assumed a tenure-track faculty position at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Stefan Heller, PhD, recently joined the faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine as an associate professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and an associate professor of molecular and cellular physiology. His initial faculty appointment was at Harvard Medical School, where he was assistant professor for otolaryngology in 2000. In 2005, he was appointed as the James Wiggins associate professor of otolaryngology with courtesy appointments in the Program in Neuroscience and the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology. Dr. Heller’s group focuses on elucidating the molecular principles of mechanoreception by TRP ion channels. This work is a continuation of his collaboration with Dr. Wolfgang B. Liedtke, which started in New York City in the final years of a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. A. James Hudspeth. In addition, Dr. Heller has distinguished himself as one of the preeminent authorities on stem cells in the inner ear. His laboratory is finding solutions for cell replacement in the damaged cochlea using stem cells and progenitor cells. Dr. Heller’s honors include receiving the McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Award and awards from the Deafness Research Foundation, the National Organization for Hearing Research, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the American Neurotology Society, and the Albert and Ellen Grass Foundation.

Copyright © 2007, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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