Cardiac & Respiratory Physiology - CR

The CR Theme is a forum for those who study the heart and lung systems, and related vascular systems.

This Theme encompasses all aspects of this vast research field, ranging from scientists focusing on specific channels or cells within the heart, blood vessels or lungs to the study of the whole organs – how they are controlled and influenced by the brain and spinal cord, and how they are integrated to produce appropriate cardiorespiratory responses.

In 2014, almost one in three deaths in the UK were attributed to cardiovascular diseases and, while this value is falling, cardiovascular disease still accounts for 160,000 deaths every year in the UK. Therefore, it is important to understand how the cardiovascular and respiratory systems are controlled. By increasing our understanding of normal functioning of the cardiorespiratory system, we can examine changes in pathologies and explore new avenues for treatment.

The convenor and deputy convenors of this Theme are currently Andy James at the University of Bristol and Sarah Calaghan at the University of Leeds.

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