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The Pain Beat (Episode 14) – Nobel Prize: A Conversation with Ardem Patapoutian and Bertrand Coste

14 September 2022

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Editor’s note: Welcome to the 14th episode of The Pain Beat. Launched and supported by a generous grant from the MAYDAY Fund, with additional funding from the Rita Allen Foundation, The Pain Beat brings together the world's leading pain investigators with the purpose of sparking dialogue and debate around important ideas in pain research. Guided by Rebecca Seal, scientific director of The Pain Beat, the podcasts feature open and spirited discussions about the hottest topics in pain and how the field moves forward. 


This 14th episode of The Pain Beat is the second of a three-part series discussing the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – awarded to David Julius, University of California, San Francisco, US, and Ardem Patapoutian, Scripps Research, California, US – for their work on molecules important for somatosensation (see PRF related interview here, PRF related news story here, and part one of this series here). In this episode, The Pain Beat spoke with Nobel Prize laureate Ardem Patapoutian and Bertrand Coste, Aix-Marseille University, France, to discuss their discovery of mechanically sensitive ion channels – Piezo1 and Piezo2.


Podcast participants include:

  • Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, Scripps Research, California, US
  • Bertrand Coste, PhD, Aix-Marseille University, France
  • Tayler Sheahan, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, US (host)

                                            Patapoutian, Coste, and Sheahan


Listen below and consider leaving a comment on the podcast at the bottom of this page (all The Pain Beat podcasts are also available on Apple Podcasts here and on Spotify here). 



PRF thanks Gary Hobish for providing the audio mastering for this podcast and Kevin Seal for creating the music.


The Pain Beat was launched and is supported by a generous grant from the MAYDAY Fund, with additional support from the Rita Allen Foundation.

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