Respiratory Neurophysiology Laboratory
We study the basic neural mechanisms underlying breathing, how these patterns of nerve activity adjust to accommodate other behaviours such as swallowing, and how they are modified during development and in neurodegenerative disease.
A glimpse at our researchCharacterising the degeneration of brainstem neural circuits that control swallowing and breathingIs neurogenesis in the adult forebrain altered in a mouse model of neurodegeneration?
In Systems Neurophysiology we seek to learn how the nervous system controls various bodily functions and how that control is altered in disease. Our disease focus includes not only neurological disorders such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, but also how the nervous system impacts on non-neurological diseases such as heart failure and inflammatory diseases. A clear understanding of basic mechanisms is crucial in developing better therapies and reducing the impacts of illness.