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William G. Van der Kloot
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Harvard University, 1952

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY, 11794-8661



We are interested in synaptic transmission, using the frog and mouse neuromuscular junctions as models. The transmitter, acetylcholine, is packaged in vesicles in the nerve terminal. Transmitter is released by exocytosis, both spontaneously and at a greatly increased rate following nerve stimulation. We study the mechanism for loading acetylcholine into the vesicles, the regulation of the quantity loaded by hormones, drugs, and other treatments. We are also investigating the kinetics of the release of transmitter quanta following nerve stimulation.

Selected Publications

Van der Kloot, W. (2007). Soup or sparks: The history of drugs and synapses. In Handbook of Contemporary Neuropharmacology. Ed. D.R. Sibley, I. Hanin, M. Kuhar & P. Skolnick. John Wiley & Sons, New York. p. 3-38.

Van der Kloot, W. (2008). The Lessons of War : The Experiences of Seven Future Leaders in the First World War. The History Press.

Van der Kloot, W. (2010). William Maddock Bayliss’s therapy for wound shock. Notes Rec. R. Soc. Lond. 64: 271-286.

Van der Kloot, W. (2010). World War 1 Fact Book. Amberley.

Van der Kloot, W. (2010). A. V. Hill’s photograph album. Physiology News, Number 81: 17-21.

Van der Kloot, W. (2011). More on Starling and Bayliss during the 1914-18 War. Physiology News, Number 83: 36-37.

Van der Kloot, W. (2011) Mirrors and smoke: A. V. hill, his brigands, and the science of anti-aircraft gunnery in world war I. Notes rec. R. Soc. Lond. (In the press).




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