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Channelopathies are diseases resulting from defects in ion channel function. Over 20 years ago, mutations in genes coding for ion channels were first described in patients with neuromuscular disorders and cardiac arrhythmias, thus defining the genetic channelopathies. These include more than 120 human rare or frequent human diseases of the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the renal system. Today, several thousands of scientists working in many groups scattered across the world are investigating the genetic, molecular, cellular, integrative, and clinical aspects of these channelopathies.
One of the first scientific conferences organized by this group of scientists was held in 1998 in Skytop, Pennsylvania, USA. This unique meeting, organized by Dr. A. George and Dr. S. Hebert, had the theme “Ion channelopathies: Hereditary dysfunction of ion channels”. Since then, many ion-centric meetings have also included a channelopathy session. However, this was the first “pure” Channelopathy meeting to be organized. In 2010, under a collaborative network between Russian, Ukrainian, and Swiss scientists, a meeting named “Swiss Russian Conference on Inherited Channelopathies with Focus on Cardiac and Neurological disorders” was held in Beatenberg (Switzerland). In 2013, this meeting was followed by the meeting “Inherited Channelopathies” in Moscow (Russia) with an invitation to French scientists.
The “Channelopathy Meeting, Paris 2016” is dedicated to translational research on hereditary channelopathies. It intends to gather international scientists, physicians, geneticists and pharmacologists to share high-level knowledge on channelopathies.