Eight years ago Aurora Biomed Inc. (Vancouver, Canada) committed to gathering the brightest minds and the most innovative research companies at one conference. We sought to provide a podium for scientific discourse spanning a wide range of ion channel disciplines. Since then, researchers from both academia and industry have come together each year to share their knowledge. With attendees from 17 different countries at the 2010 Ion Channel Retreat, this conference continues to grow, and is a testimony to the importance of ion channel research. Aurora Biomed's 2010 Retreat covered a variety of topics, including Ion Channels as Disease Targets, Ion Channels as Pain Targets, K-Channels, TRP-channels, Ion Channel Screening Technologies, Ion Channels in Safety Pharmacology, and Structure and Function of Ion Channels.