The SGP Council is pleased to announce the 2020 Cranefield Award winners:
Paul F. Cranefield Award
Federico F. Trigo for "Differentially poised vesicles underlie fast and slow components of release at single synapses" Journal of General Physiology 152 (5) e201912523; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1085/jgp.201912523
Cranefield Postdoctoral Fellow Award
Martin L. Prieto for "Spike frequency–dependent inhibition and excitation of neural activity by high-frequency ultrasound" Journal of General Physiology 152 (11) e202012672; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1085/jgp.202012672
Prieto and colleagues show that ultrasound waves can increase potassium conductance eliciting competing inhibitory and excitatory effects on action potential firing, possibly via local increases in tissue temperature and in cell membrane tension.
Cranefield Graduate Student Award
Cassandra L. Hays for "Resting and stimulated mouse rod photoreceptors show distinct patterns of vesicle release at ribbon synapses" Journal of General Physiology 152 (12): e202012716; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1085/jgp.202012716
Hays and colleagues report the unexpected finding that at the resting potential in darkness rods photoreceptor cells release coordinated bursts of glutamate-filled suggesting that this behavior may have a role in transmitting dim-light responses.
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