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Chris Benham is an electrophysiologist with 18 years experience working in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry. His early academic interests were in the cardiovascular area, and this broadened to ion channel drug discovery in the CNS with a continuing focus on calcium permeable ion channels. At GSK he was instrumental in setting up and developing the companies interest in the TRP family of ion channels.

The current focus of Dr Benham’s research continues this interest and is examining the function of TRP family members in sensory systems, the cardiovascular system and the gastrointestinal tract with a number of collaborators including GSK. There is a particular focus on TRP channel dysfunction in disease. 

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