Mitchell Team Receives National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Grant (PHHP News)

Mitchell Team Receives National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Grant

Dr. Gordon Mitchell, a professor in the UF Department of Physical Therapy, and his team were recently awarded another grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute concerning how two important cell types in the spinal cord interact to regulate respiratory motor plasticity triggered by repetitive exposure to low oxygen.

Over a four-year period, the $2.7 million grant, entitled ​”Microglial regulation of intermittent hypoxia-induced phrenic motor plasticity,” will support fundamental research to investigate ways that the innate immune cells of the spinal cord, or microglia, regulate plasticity in the motor neurons that underlie breathing.

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