Our mission

To better understand physiological challenges to respiratory motor control and to translate our knowledge into strategies of respiratory rehabilitation.

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our mission & goals


The only center of its kind in the US, the UF BREATHE Center unites basic and clinician scientists across the university and beyond.


dedicated members

Meet Our Team

The UF BREATHE Center houses outstanding interdisciplinary researchers who are working to advance our understanding and treatment of neuromuscular disorders that compromise breathing.


areas of expertise


The UF BREATHE Center has 6 cores that represent the breadth of preclinical and clinical respiratory research. These include airway defense, basic breathing research, neurological disorders, neurotechnology, neurotherapeutics, and spinal cord injury.


educating the next generation

BREATHE Training Program

The UF BREATHE Center is the administrative home of the BREATHE Training Program, an NHLBI-funded predoctoral and postdoctoral training opportunity.


in the spotlight

Erica Levitt Receives ASPET Early Career Award

BREATHE Steering Committee member, Dr. Erica Levitt, has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the ASPET Neuropharmacology Early Career Award. She…

Erica Levitt

BREATHE Members Lead Special Issue of…

Gordon Mitchell, Ph.D., served as an editor for a special issue of the journal Experimental Neurology. The issue is focused on intermittent…

Exp Neuro

Leah Reznikov Receives 2021 Zoetis Award for…

BREATHE Steering Committee member, Dr. Leah Reznikov, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence…

Leah Reznikov

Center-sponsored events

CoBAD Returns

BREATHE will host the Spring/Summer 2022 CoBAD series twice monthly on Fridays at 3 pm ET via Zoom from February 11 until June 17. Register here.

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BREATHE Hosts Therapeutic Intermittent Hypoxia…

The BREATHE Center will host the Therapeutic Intermittent Hypoxia Virtual Workshop on January 7th & 14th, 2022 (3-7pm EST…


BRAIN Building: Spiess & Bose

On Oct. 21, 2021, BREATHE co-hosted a new session of BRAIN Building with the BRAIN Center. Dr. Bruce Spiess and Dr. Prodip Bose discussed “Spinal…

Spiess & Bose