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Branden Nguyen Awarded Allen, Holyoak, & Varnes Endowed Scholarship

BREATHE T32 trainee, Branden Nguyen (mentor: Dr. Ashley Smuder), was chosen as this year’s recipient to the Allen, Holyoak, & Varnes Endowed Scholarship. This fund was initiated by three former professors of UF: Robert Allen, Owen J. Holyoak and Paul R. Varnes, to support…

Michela Mir Wins Poster Award at DRS 2023

BREATHE T32 postdoc, Dr. Michela Mir, recently attended the annual meeting for the Dysphagia Research Society in San Francisco, California. She shared work from her dissertation and won 1st Place Poster Award for her presentation entitled, “Cough Correlates of Unsafe Swallowing in Atypical Parkinsonism”. The poster highlighted distinct…

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…

BREATHE & NMPT T32 Trainee Meet-Up

The BREATHE and NMPT T32 training programs, directed by Drs. Gordon Mitchell and David Fuller, decided to join forces for a lunch at the newly renovated Swamp Restaurant. Trainees got a chance to meet and catch up with peers, as well as discuss their future career…

BREATHE Postdoc Appreciation

BREATHE knows the value that postdocs bring to our center and to the advancement of our mission. This National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we went around and gave our current cohort of Gators a homemade sweet treat & a little center swag in recognition of all their hard work. In…

BREATHE T32 Fall Meetup

Trainees, faculty, and staff from the NIH-funded BREATHE T32 Training Program met to enjoy a well-caffeinated breakfast and talk science for our fall progress report meeting. Everyone had an opportunity to showcase their current research and ask questions of program administrators. Congratulations to all of these young scientists who remain…

BREATHE T32 Renewed with Perfect Score!

Since its inception in April 2017, the BREATHE T32 Training Program has made great strides! This combined pre- and postdoctoral training program is focused on the respiratory neuromuscular system, emphasizing discovery of new knowledge and its translation to severe clinical disorders that compromise breathing capacity, stability and airway…