PSL1036H - Advanced Topics: Respiration

Course Coordinator:  J. Duffin

This course is designed for students whose main research interest is in the field of respiratory physiology. It provides a view of the leading research in this field, as well as some of the experimental techniques in current use.

Read review(s) assigned previous week, 2 hour seminar discussion current week, 10 page summary due following week.
All students participate, led by the course supervisor and joined by experts ad hoc.

Outlines of Topics/Areas: This course will focus upon selected topics in Respiration. Students will be expected to make presentations based upon appropriate literature listed by the teaching faculty. Participation in discussions will also be required. There will be no didactic lectures. Presentation topics will be chosen from following topics:

Topic 1 Central Chemoreceptors
Topic 2 Peripheral Chemoreceptors
Topic 3 Chemoreflex control of Breathing
Topic 4 Neural generation of respiratory rhythm
Topic 5 Acid-base balance
Topic 6 Pulmonary Mechanics
Topic 7 Control of breathing during exercise
Topic 8 Control of breathing at altitude
Topic 9 Control of breathing during sleep
Topic 10 Respiratory Instrumentation

Students does not need a strong background in all topics covered. In fact, one of the major goals of the course is to broaden the interdisciplinary background of the participants.


Grading is entirely based on the written reports submitted the week following each seminar. These reports present the topic so as to provide the student in the future with a mini review of the topic as published in reviews as well as critiques of current thought and future questions to be addressed experimentally.

Maximum Course Enrollment: 6 students

Last updated: 23-Oct-2018