The Enduring Enigma of General AnesthesiaExport this event to calendar

Thursday, November 23, 2017 — 2:30 PM EST

Colloquium Series

Dr. Luca Turin

Quantum Neurobiology GroupDr. Luca Turin
BSRC Alexander Fleming,
Vari, Greece

General anesthetics were first used 170 years ago, revolutionised medicine and enable 200M+ surgical procedures yearly to be carried out with impressive safety. Yet we do not really know how general anesthetics work. Theories have come and gone over the years without ever definitively establishing their place and mode of action. In my talk I shall give a brief historical overview of this fascinating puzzle, propose a novel mechanism, and show some evidence from our recent ESR experiments on fruit flies using anesthetic-resistant mutants. These suggest that electrons flowing in a long-standing and hitherto largely discredited contender —mitochondria— may actually play a central role in anesthesia.

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QNC - Quantum Nano Centre
1501
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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