The research in my lab is a branch of Integrative Neuroscience, a discipline that seeks to understand how the brain processes specific types of information. The laboratory studies how the mammalian brain regulates respiration and blood pressure, two physiological processes that are dysfunctional in very common diseases (hypertension, obesity, apneic syndromes, heart failure, hypoxia, etc.). These basic homeostatic regulations are orchestrated by the central nervous system that finely tunes pulmonary ventilation along with cardiac and vascular performance through the activity of the respiratory and autonomic outflows. The work consists of identifying relevant neuronal networks in rodents using electrophysiologic and neuroanatomic methods. The main focus is on a region of the brainstem that provides the chemical drive to breathe and contains the neurons that maintain blood pressure.
(Source: Lattes Curriculum)