Neuromuscular Plasticity Nines

Neuromuscular Plasticity Nines: From Genes to Brain to Nerve to Muscle to Behavior!

Doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows are invited to present talks about their own research. Scientists in all roles are invited to listen and participate in interactive discussions, including students at every level, from undergraduate students to postdoctoral fellows technicians and faculty. All presentations will be held via Zoom and will run from 9 – 10 a.m.

If you are interested in joining the seminars, please email Jacky Scott at for the Zoom links.


May 21

Presenter #1: Tommy Sutor, “Acute Intermittent Hypoxia for Breathing and Sitting after Spinal Cord Injury”

Presenter #2: Vivian Doerr, “Prevention of Doxorubicin-Induced Autophagy Attenuates Oxidative Stress and Skeletal Muscle Dysfunction”

May 28

Presenter #1: Ela Sajjadi, “Respiratory Muscle Activity in ALS patients and Healthy Controls”

Presenter #2: Ravi Kumar “NA(D)PH Oxidase 2 and respiratory muscle function in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction”

June 4

Presenter #1: Stefan Delmas, “Muscle coordination strategy and motor performance”

Presenter #2: Ian Malone, “Cervical epidural stimulation after spinal cord injury”

June 11

Presenter #1: Jamie Murbach, “In situ Electrodeposition of the Conductive Polymers, PEDOT and P(EDOT-acid), in Rat Sciatic Nerve for Selective Stimulation”

Presenter #2: Kelly Hawkins, “Single-session effects of transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation with locomotor training on spinal excitability and modulation and motor activation in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury”

June 18

Presenter #1: Andrew D’Lugos, “Role of Complement System in Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia”

Presenter #2: Chandler Callaway, “Role of CXCL1 in Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia”

July 9

Presenter #1: Emanuel Boutzoukas, “Enhancing cognition in older adults with intermittent hypoxia and cognitive training. Preliminary results from the EXCITE trial”

Presenter #2: Nicole Stafford, “Proportional Myoelectric Control of a Bionic Lower Limb Prosthesis”

July 16

Presenter #1: Sarah Skinner Burke, “Mitochondrial permeability transition and muscle atrophy: implications for aging”

Presenter #2: Michela Mir, “Cortical perception of airway stimuli in people with Parkinson’s disease”

July 23

Presenter #1: Ada Varga, “Pontine control of respiration: the role of the locus coeruleus”

Presenter #2: Michael Sunshine, “A novel way to stimulate breathing after drug overdose”

July 30

Presenter #1: Alison Barnard, “Respiratory muscle changes in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Results from four years of prospective observation”

Presenter #2: Ray Spradlin, “Necessity of muscle IGF-1 for recovery from disuse and adaptation to endurance exercise training”

Neuromuscular Plasticity Nines Sign up:

Presentations on research projects at any stage of completion are welcome, although first priority is given to graduate students who are more advanced in their program of study. Talks should be self-contained. They should begin with a brief statement of the overall research objectives and why they are important and should include methods, results, and conclusions. They may include future directions and ask for feedback on specific issues or on the research design.


• To enhance interdisciplinary education related to basic and translational aspects of the full scope of basic and clinical behavioral and neurosciences.
• To facilitate interchange, understanding, and collaboration among University of Florida laboratories investigating different aspects of neuromuscular plasticity.


We invite *ALL* students and faculty to participate, especially those involved in the:

• Behavioral, and Cognitive and Sensory Neuroscience programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
• Neuromuscular Rehabilitation and Plasticity program in the College of Public Health and Health Professions
• Center for Exercise Science, College of Health and Human Performance
• Neuroengineering program in the College of Engineering
• Neuroscience program in the College of Medicine
• Rehabilitation Research Centers – VA BRRC and Brooks Center
• Neuroscientists and Respiratory Physiologists in the College of Veterinary Medicine
• All members of the Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute
• Institute on Aging
• Powell Gene Therapy Center
• Clinical and Translational Science Institute
• and all others interested in participating.