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Dr. Adrienn Varga Appointed as Assistant Professor in Neuroscience

BREATHE T32 alumnus, Dr. Adrienn Varga has joined the Department of Neuroscience as their newest Assistant Professor. Dr. Varga’s research focuses on determining the cellular, circuit, and network-level mechanisms whereby respiratory control neurons in the brainstem interact with central circuits to shape each breath. Current…

BREATHE Members Explore Potential Benefits of Respiratory Strength Training in ALS

BREATHE members, Drs. Emily Plowman, James Wymer, and BREATHE T32 alumnus, Dr. Lauren Tabor-Gray were recently published in Neurology. Their article “Respiratory Strength Training in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Multicenter, Sham-Controlled Trial” evaluates the short-term physiologic and one-year functional impact of a 12-week inspiratory and expiratory respiratory strength…

Sabhya Rana Wins Poster Award at NCF SfN

Dr. Sabhya Rana recently won the Postdoctoral Poster Prize at the 13th Annual Conference of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. She presented her work on the use of Ampakines to restore breathing in a rodent model of spinal cord injury. Dr. Rana’s work…

Center Member Named Director of UF MBI

Dr. Jennifer Bizon, center member and chair of the Department of Neuroscience, was recently named the director the UF McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Bizon is a brilliant researcher and a proven leader within our neuroscience and neuromedicine community…

BREATHE Contributes to PHHP Mission

At the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, researchers like BREATHE Center member Dr. Barbara Smith, are working to improve health on every level, from individual patients to global communities. Au.D. student Aimee Miller and Associate Dean for Research Dr. Adam Woods explain.

Behind the Scenes with BREATHE Assistant Director, Kate Casey-Sawicki

As the assistant director of UF’s Breathing Research and Therapeutics (BREATHE) Center as well as UF’s Brain Injury, Rehabilitation, and Neuroresilience (BRAIN) Center, Kate Casey-Sawicki‘s duties are wide-ranging, including grant writing, marketing and communications, management of training grants, web design, event planning and general project management.

Fuller Lab Uses Light to Stimulate Tongue Muscle Activity

In a recent study published in the March issue of Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, Dr. David Fuller, Dr. Michelle Singer (a former BREATHE trainee and Fuller Lab member now completing her postdoc at Johns Hopkins), and their colleagues have demonstrated for the first time that light…