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Malcolm                        Slaughter

Malcolm M. Slaughter PhD

Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Professor

 
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Professional Summary:

The laboratory seeks to understand information processing in the retina, a model for neural network analysis. Studies focus on the events that occur at synapses, with a particular emphasis on neurotransmitter-receptor interactions. Not only the neurotransmitter type but also the properties of receptor subtypes determines how neurons communicate. Our experiments investigate this linkage using electrophysiological, molecular and cell-imaging techniques. Subjects of current interest are:
1) regulation of transmitter release by metabotropic receptors
2) properties of glycine receptors in retina and in expression systems;
3) glutamate receptor function in development and neuronal cell death;
4) image-based analysis of retinal function.
There is also a clinical application to the electroretinogram, a tool used by ophthalmologists to evaluate the health of the retina. We are able to use our knowledge of complex retinal circuits to improve the analytical potential of the electroretinogram. Transmitter-receptor interactions also form the basis for many pharmaceutical agents used to treat neurological problems. Therefore our retinal studies apply to the broad area of medicinal pharmacology.


Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • September 2010–August 2013
    Synaptic Mechanisms in Retina
    National Eye Institute
    Role: Contributor
    $1,139,946

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Contact Information

560 Biomedical Research Building
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 829-3240
Email: mslaught@buffalo.edu


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