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18:00 - 19:00 27 February 2014

Defective inhibitory neurotransmission in startle disease: some surprising findings


Council Room | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Robert Hardy, Department of Pharmacology, UCL School of Pharmacy

Startle disease/hyperekplexia is a rare but potentially fatal human disorder characterised by exaggerated startle reflexes and muscle stiffness in response to sudden unexpected stimuli. The exaggerated startle response can persist into adulthood, leading to unprotected falls and injuries.

Fortunately, startle disease can be treated and Professor Robert Hardy will discuss how the frequency of mutations in animals suggests that in some species, startle disease has made the transition from being a rare disorder to one that is extremely common.


Mark Huckvale
+44 (0)20 7679 4087 | m.huckvale@ucl.ac.uk


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