We are happy to share the speakers of Physiology in Focus 2023 here!

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Ole H Petersen
Professor of Physiology at Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Ole H Petersen is Professor of Physiology at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. He pioneered patch clamp single channel and whole cell recordings from epithelial cells in the early 1980s and discovered local transient Ca2+ signals in exocrine cells as physiological regulators of secretion in the 1990s. More recently, he showed that prolonged and global elevations of the cytosolic Ca2+ concentration are pathological, causing necrosis. Such signals can be prevented by inhibitors of Ca2+ release activated Ca2+ channels. Petersen was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2000 (Vice-President 2005-2006) and Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in 2010 (Leopoldina Lectures 2012 & 2023).

He has received many prizes, including the American Physiological Society’s Walter B Cannon Award, the NOVO Nordisk Foundation’s Jacobaeus Prize, the Czech Academy of Sciences Purkyne Medal and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008. He received Academia Europaea’s Gold Medal at the Academy’s Annual Conference in Barcelona in 2021 and, most recently, the International Association of Pancreatology’s top award, the George E Palade Prize & Medal, at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Pancreas Society in Kyoto in 2022.

Ole H Petersen will have a presentation on "Watching living cells in action in the pancreas".