Learning to breathe: emerging inhibition of sensory relay mechanisms.

Grant number: DP170104861 | Funding period: 2017 - 2019



This project aims to investigate the maturation of the respiratory network from a functional to synaptic level. The brain generates motor commands for every single breath. After birth, the respiratory network matures to adapt breathing to emotional and behavioural demands. The mature respiratory network actively inhibits sensory feedback to express learned breathing patterns associated with motor behaviour such as speech. This project expects to provide the foundation for understanding the hierarchical organisation and plasticity of motor circuits in the brain as it acquires learned motor patterns.

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