Professor Oleg Krishtal MAE, Director of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences’ Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology in Kiev, recently turned 75. Throughout a long career, Krishtal has been ‘fishing for knowledge’ with great success.
Krishtal is particularly well known for his momentous discovery in 1980 of proton-activated ion channels, which play a crucial role in pain perception. Now it is clear that acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are expressed in almost any mammalian brain neuron and participate in many important functions. He is, however, not only a very creative scientist, but also – and unusually – an author of several literary works that have won awards in Russia.
There is a high level of trust in scientists and a low level of trust in politicians. How is working together likely to impact on levels of trust in scientists and politicians and the relationship between scientists and politicians?