About the Human Autonomic Neurophysiology laboratory
The Human Autonomic Neurophysiology laboratory uses invasive and non-invasive approaches to understand the neurophysiological substrates responsible for normal and disturbed cardiovascular control. Combining direct intraneural recordings of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain, the laboratory aims to identify the functional and structural changes in the brain that lead to the increases in MSNA in different cardiovascular diseases, as well as conducting research to increase our understanding of normal physiological processes.
The work of this laboratory focuses on:
- Functional and structural changes in the brain in cardiovascular disease.
- Identifying the central neural substrates of hypertension.
- Effects of pain on the sympathetic nervous system and blood pressure.
- Contributions of the vestibular system to blood pressure regulation.