The goal of the BREATHE Training Program is to develop a unique cohort of researchers with strong foundations in basic research on respiratory neuromuscular biology, and a strong appreciation for the needs/realities of translational research in our attempts to develop treatments for impaired breathing and airway defense. Our perspective is that we can accelerate progress towards development of treatments for impaired breathing capacity/stability in diverse clinical disorders by training investigators with:

1) a well-developed and comprehensive conceptual framework, embracing similarities and differences between disorders;

2) a state-of-the-art “tool kit,” providing the technological know-how to perform meaningful investigations in animal models and humans with spontaneous disease

3) the professional skills necessary to succeed in a competitive research environment.