The MPDRG is Canada’s node in The International Research Training Group 1830 which works on complex membrane proteins in cellular development and disease.

The Membrane Protein Disease Research Group  has established collaborations with the Research Training Group in Molecular, physiological and pharmacological analysis of cellular membrane transport, based at Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Germany).



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The International Research Training Group in Membrane Biology holds a variety of weekly, annual and visiting speaker seminars and symposiums.

IRTG/Membrane Protein Disease Research Group Weekly Seminars are held every Thursday morning in Classroom F-2J4.02 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre. Speakers include graduate students, Postdoctoral fellows, invited guest speakers (University of Alberta and International) and IRTG/MPDRG Principal Investigators.

Membrane Protein Journal Club (Biochemistry 640)/ IRTG Journal Club is held Wednesdays in Room 4-70 MSB at 4:00pm. The course Biochemistry 640 is a graduate course in the Department of Biochemistry. Presenters usually give a literature review of a paper that focuses on membranes or membrane proteins. Guest speakers present their own work. If you or someone in your lab can give a seminar, please contact the coordinator, Dr. Larry Fliegel ( 492-1848)

IRTG Canada/IRTG 1830 Germany Joint Symposiums are held annually in either Germany or Alberta. The meetings are designed for investigators and student researchers from both groups to partner in discussion and research initiatives. Our next meeting will take place in Banff on April 11-15, 2018.

Our Career Development Series is a seminar series with the goal of improving the career skills and knowledge of IRTG and MPDRG trainees. These once-a-month sessions will are held from 12-2 and have lunch provided. In each session one or two invited speakers will present a seminar, which will be followed by a discussion session.