What might link hypertension (high blood pressure), epilepsy and an overactive bladder? According to Jianmin Cui, professor of biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, at the University of Washington, St Louis, these conditions may be linked by electrical activity in a specific protein.In collaboration with other laboratories at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Massachusetts professor Cui will study the BK (big potassium) channel proteins. Now that the structure of the protein has been identified professor Cui and colleagues will comprehensively research the protein in order to try to identify new compounds that could go into the drug development pipeline to treat epilepsy and other disorders affected by the functioning of the big potassium channel proteins. To read more about the research, use the link here: