April 2011-- David T. Yue, M.D., Ph.D. was presented the 2011 Kenneth S. Cole Award by the Membrane Biophysics Subgroup of the Biophysical Society for his contributions to the field of cellular electrical signaling. He received the honor on Saturday, March 5, following the annual membrane biophysics symposium at a dinner held at the Tremont Grand Hotel in Baltimore. Yue gave a lecture about his research journey and acknowledged the role that many former lab members and his family played in his recognition.
Yue, professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, identified a way that calcium channels –portals in the cell’s outer layer that allow calcium to travel in and out of a cell -- sense calcium levels to optimally control the opening and closing of channels. The influx of calcium through channels controls many essential cell functions, such as allowing heart cells to beat, muscles to flex and nerves to fire.
The subgroup presents the Cole Award annually to scientists that make seminal contributions to the understanding of membrane biophysics. The Cole award comprises a $1,000 monetary prize and a medal engraved with a historic image of a nerve electrical signal recorded on an oscilloscope by Kenneth Cole. The award was first given in 1973, and past awardees include Nobel laureate Erwin Neher.
David Yue on the promises of calcium