Meeting 2018

Conference Announcement from ISARP Conference Chair Karen Hegland, PhD.

We are very excited to announce that the ISARP 2018 Conference will be held in Gainesville, Florida. You are all invited to join on Friday evening, October 12, for the welcoming reception and on October 13-14 for scientific symposia. The conference location will be the Hampton Inn & Suites, located in the heart of downtown Gainesville, which is walking distance to restaurants, bars, the Hippodrome State Theater, and Bo Diddley Plaza.

Rooms at a discounted rate will be available at the Hampton Inn and Suites using the code "SRP." MAKE SURE TO BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 28TH IN ORDER TO GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE!!


The full program can be viewed here

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gordon S. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Dr. Gordon S. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Gordon S. Mitchell received his PhD in Developmental and Cell Biology from the University of California at Irvine in 1978, followed by postdoctoral work at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine in Göttingen, Germany (with Peter Scheid) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with Jerome Dempsey). He became a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin in 1981, progressing to full professor in 1992; he served as department Chair for 17 years before leaving to join the University of Florida as a Preeminence Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Physical Therapy. There he created and serves as director of the UF Center for Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation. Dr. Mitchell has received numerous research awards, including a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, is a Fellow of the American Physiological Society, and was the UW Steenbock Professor in Behavioral and Neural Science. He has delivered multiple award lectures including: Society for Neuroscience Special Lecturer (2008), Julius H. Comroe Distinguished Lecturer (American Physiological Society, 2014), Guyton Distinguished Lectureship (Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology, 2014). He has recently delivered plenary/keynote lectures at the Oxford Conference for Modeling and the Control of Breathing (2017), Society for Experimental Biology (2014), International Union of Physiological Sciences (2014), Experimental Biology (2015), Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society (2016), ASIA (2017), and Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Association (2017). His research concerns (cellular and network) mechanisms of respiratory and non-respiratory motor plasticity, particularly spinal plasticity induced by intermittent hypoxia. He applies that knowledge to develop novel therapeutic strategies for spinal injury, motor neuron disease and other clinical disorders that compromise movement. 

Dr. Kevin Fennelly, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Fennelly, M.D.

Kevin P. Fennelly, MD, MPH, ATSF,  is currently a Senior Research Clinician in the Laboratory of Chronic Airway Infection in the Pulmonary Branch, Division of Intramural Research in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.  After receiving his medical degree from the University of Vermont, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  He was then the first fellow in the UCSF combined pulmonary-occupational/environmental medicine fellowship, which included completing his Master’s in Public Health degree at UC Berkeley.  As a junior faculty member at National Jewish Medical & Research Center in Denver, he and colleagues were the first to recognize irritant-associated vocal cord dysfunction (VCD).  He also became interested in personal respiratory protection of health care workers against tuberculosis (TB). This led to his research in developing the first successful studies to collect, quantify, and size the infectious aerosols generated by coughing from patients with active TB.   Subsequent studies done in Uganda have shown that cough aerosols from TB patients are the best predictors of transmission to household contacts.  Dr. Fennelly was recruited to the University of Florida in 2010 where he developed a Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) Disease Clinical Research Program.   His group was the first to demonstrate the presence of mycobacterial biofilm in a lung cavity of a patient.  He also led an effort to study cough in patients with NTM disease, which he will discuss at this conference.   In 2015 he was recruited to the NIH Clinical Center, where he and colleagues are conducting clinical research in bronchiectasis and nontuberculous mycobacterial infections, and he has continued to collaborate on TB studies.  Dr. Fennelly is very active in the American Thoracic Society, where he recently served as the Chair for the Assembly on Pulmonary Infections and TB.   

Dr. Jessica Huber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Dr. Jessica Huber, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Jessica E. Huber, PH.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Purdue University. The aim of her NIH funded research program is to develop a theoretical account of the multiple factors that influence speech production and cognitive change in older adults with and without Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to translate findings to clinical treatment resulting in improvements in communication.  She is the inventor of a small wearable device, the SpeechVive device, to treat communication impairments in people with PD. The device elicits the Lombard effect that can be exploited to improve speech clarity in individuals with PD while bypassing cognitive and sensory impairments. Her current research continues to examine the physiologic (respiratory, laryngeal, and supralaryngeal) effects a number of speech therapy techniques including respiratory muscle strength training and using the SpeechVive device.


Call For Abstracts

From ISARP Conference Chair Karen Hegland:

Dear ISARP members

I would like to invite you and your students or colleagues to submit a scientific abstract for the 2018 meeting, to be help October 12-14th in Gainesville, FL. Please submit an abstract including title, authors, institutional affiliations and locations, and contact information of the principal author. Abstracts should be in English, no longer than 300 words and structured into: background, methods, results, and discussion.

Abstracts should be sent as unformatted MS Word document, without hard returns, 12 point text, Times New Roman. Abstracts should not include tables, diagrams or special characters. Abstracts not including results cannot be accepted. Please provide two keywords for your submission and indicate your preference to present as an oral or poster presentation.

If you are a student presenting the abstract, please indicate this in the abstract submission. We will continue the student-mentor match program. This program is a unique opportunity for students to discuss their work more informally with a mentor other than their supervisor, and, in addition, an interesting networking possibility. Students will be paired with a senior ISARP member who will review the student’s presentation and provide feedback and mentorship. If you are a senior ISARP member willing to participate in the student-mentor match program, you can indicate this in your abstract submission as well. The program coordinator, Thomas Janssens, will contact students and mentors to propose matches upon acceptance of abstracts.

Lastly, we have been working with the journal Frontiers in Respiratory Physiology on a plan to publish abstracts presented at the meeting.  Please indicate your interest in participating  on you submission as well.

Please email your abstract submission to no later than July 15th, 2018. Please also download the attached disclosure form, and attach the completed and signed form as a pdf to your abstract submission.

Disclosure form link.

I hope you are looking forward to visiting Gainesville, FL, as much as I am looking forward to hosting you here!  

Kind regards,

Karen Hegland


ISARP Conference Dinner

The ISARP dinner will take place at Paramount Grill. A special menu has been prepared for us with vegetarian options, but please do let us know if you have other specific dietary restrictions. Please sign up early for the dinner, as the space is limited to 60 people (but the ambiance and food is worth the small venue!!)



Registration will open May 1, 2018

Conference registration:
(Late fee of $20 if you register after August 20, 2018)

Registration Type:


Regular ISARP member $230

Student ISARP Member $100

Retired ISARP Member $100

Non-ISARP member $290

ISARP Conference Dinner $60

The membership process and specifications are outlined here.