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Professor Pierre Laurent (CNRS, Strasbourg, France) passed away in 2015 after an illustrious career in fish gill morphology and physiology.  He was particularly famous for determining the anatomical basis of blood shunting in lungfish gills, for his work on the physiology and morphology of the chloride cell, the identification of neuroepithelial cells in fish gills, and the neurophysiology of the pseudobranch. Pierre always emphasized the importance of integrating morphology with physiology. This symposium celebrates his many scientific contributions and will focus on the morphology-physiology interface, an area which has seen much growth in the last decade through advances in microscopy, immuno-histochemistry, bioimaging, electrophysiology, and molecular approaches. The symposium should be of wide interest to comparative and environmental physiologists,  morphologists, and cell biologists, and particularly those working in ionoregulatory and cardio-respiratory areas.

Plenary speaker

  • Steve Perry (University of Ottawa, Canada) - The morphology-physiology interface at the gill

Invited speakers 

  • Martin Tresguerres (Scripps Institute of Oceanography, United States) - SAC and v-type ATPase in aquatic animals
  • Bob Shadwick (University of British Columbia, Canada) - Using morphology to infer physiology of large whales
  • Greg Goss (University of Alberta, Canada) - Acid–sensing ion channels 
  • Jehan-Hervé Lignot (University of Montpellier, France) - Structure and function of the digestive tract
  • Junya Hiroi (St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Japan) - Immunohistochemistry of ion and ammonia transporting cells in teleost fish 
  • Scott Kelly (York University, Canada) - Structure and function of tight junctions 
  • Lauren Chapman (McGill University, Canada) - Plasticity of gill morphology
  • Cosima Porteus (University of Exeter, UK) - Gill neuroepithelial cells: a history and a look ahead
  • Katie Gilmour (University of Ottawa, Canada) - Carbonic anhydrase
  • Colin Brauner (University of British Columbia, Canada) - Evolution of the gill
  • David McKenzie (CNRS, France) - Air breathing versus exercise in fish
  • Göran Nilsson (University of Oslo, Norway) - Rapid and adaptive structural changes in fish gills
  • John Fleng Steffensen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) - Morphology versus swimming physiology
  • Michael Wilkie (Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada) - Lampricide effects on gills
  • Gudrun De Boeck (University of Antwerp, Belgium) - Metal and ammonia effects on gills
  • Danielle McDonald (University of Miami, United States) - Urea pulsing in toadfish: physiology, morphology, and the contributions of Pierre Laurent
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SEB Gothenburg 2017

Gothenburg, Sweden
3 - 6 July 2017
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