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Respiratory Neurobiology

Researchers in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida are focused on the respiratory system with an emphasis on rehabilitation.

The goals of this research are 1) to understand the genes, molecules and neural networks that contribute to the neural control of the respiratory muscles; 2) to understand how neuroplasticity is involved in the control of breathing following neurological injuries; 3) to determine how the respiratory muscles adapt to chronic disease states; 4) to develop and optimize clinical strategies for respiratory rehabilitation, and 5) to gain a detailed understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying the success of respiratory rehabilitation.  To this end, both clinical and basic science approaches are being used.

Faculty Specializing in Respiratory Neurobiology