BREATHE at APS Summit 2024

BREATHE members and trainees were in full force at the American Physiological Society Summit in Long Beach, CA. Beyond presenting 20 posters and 6 oral presentations, BREATHE helped sponsor the Control of Breathing Mixer: Hot Topics in Respiratory Control and organized the Marilyn Menker Trainee Highlights Breakfast, which was led by Dr. Alex Marciante and Fuller lab alum, Dr. Michael Sunshine. Clearly, we had an outsized presence at this annual gathering of physiologists from across the world! Two of our trainees also garnered awards for their work:

Dr. Alex Marciante, BREATHE T32 postdoc, received the 2024 Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award for her work: APOE Genotype Differentially Regulates Respiratory Motor Plasticity in the Active Vs Rest Phase. This award recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of their career. Recipients of this award receive a monetary award and complimentary registration to the American Physiology Summit. Dr. Marciante was accompanied by both her PhD mentor, Dr. Tom Cunningham, and her current postdoc mentor, Dr. Gordon Mitchell.

Kayla Burrowes, a graduate student in Dr. Gordon Mitchell’s lab, received a 2024 Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award, which aims to broaden participation of those pursuing professional careers in physiological sciences. The specific intent of this program is to increase active participation in and networking at scientific meetings among trainees and early career faculty who are from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the physiological sciences.

Alyssa Mickle, BREATHE T32 predoc, received a Respiration Section Trainee Poster Presentation Award for her work: Closed-loop epidural stimulation elicits respiratory plasticity in a rat model of acute spinal cord injury. This award recognizes outstanding research by undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who submitted their abstract to a American Physiology Society (APS) Respiration Section topic category.

Congratulations to all awardees, presenters, and organizers! Get a glimpse into BREATHE at APS in our photo gallery below.