Professionalization Opportunities for Trainees

BREATHE Center Retreat

The BREATHE Center Retreat is usually held at the beginning of the calendar year and provides trainees the opportunity to socialize with faculty and invited speakers. The event features a data blitz session from PIs, a trainee poster session, and invited speakers. session, and attend all other events.

BREATHE Retreat 2020

Social & Science

This seminar series is a monthly event hosted by the BREATHE Center; the format for these seminars is a 30-minute social followed by a 1-hour scientific presentation and discussion. Presentations are given by internal PIs, lab groups, and external visitors. This series provides a vast range of topics in both clinical and basic science to enhance the translational aspect of our training program. Trainees will also have the opportunity to meet with speakers in small groups.

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Neuromuscular Plasticity Nines

This weekly seminar series is held in the summer months and consists entirely of student presentations. Each week, two PhD students provide a 25-minute scientific presentation on their research topic, followed by a brief question and answer period.


Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium

The Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium is held in March of each year. Three internationally renowned experts in the field of neuromuscular plasticity and rehabilitation are invited to present a platform presentation, meet with T32 program trainees and faculty mentors, and provide feedback on the progress of the T32 program.

Neuromuscular Plasticity Symposium

Brown Bag Monthly Career Development Forum

This forum facilitated by Dr. Andrew Judge focuses on professional development and academic career guidance. Trainees have the opportunity to discuss various career-focused topics including selecting postdoctoral training opportunities, interview preparation, manuscript writing, responsible conduct of research, and establishing and managing a laboratory. Trainees also have the opportunity to meet with invited speakers and special guests.


Control of Breathing & Airway Defense (CoBAD) Online Seminar Series

The BREATHE Center is proud to sponsor the Control of Breathing and Airway Defense (CoBAD) Online Seminar Series. This 10-week seminar series was originally held every Friday (June 19 to August 28*) from 3:00 to 4:30 pm ET via Zoom and covered key elements of CoB and airway defense (e.g., rhythm generation, chemoreception, neuromodulation, plasticity, opioid depression, inflammation, sleep apnea, dysphagia, and breathing with neuromuscular disease). The series is set to resume in spring 2021.

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