A study by Thomas Voets and his team heats up our understanding of ion channels


​After years of ongoing experiments and an extended review process, the teams of Thomas Voets (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) and Joris Vriens (KU Leuven) have successfully published a boundary-pushing paper on mammalian heat-sensing channels in the high-impact journal Nature. The researchers are credited with a hot discovery: the presence of three redundant ion channels in neurons, forming a fail-safe heat-sensing mechanism for extra burn protection. It took plenty of commitment – and sometimes 80 behavioral mouse experiments per day – but all the hard work has paid off for Thomas and team members Ine Vandewauw, Katrien De Clercq and Marie Mulier.