Previous Meetings

2017 Meeting

September 15 - 17
Lille, France


Meeting 2017 Program

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Thomas Similowski was born in 1961. He is married to Kathy, and they have 4 children Laura, Paul, Elsa, Clara. He is Professor of Respiratory Medicine at "Faculté de Médecine Pitié-Salpêtrière, Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie", Paris, France and is the head of the "Department of Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Sleep Medicine" within the "Groupe Hospitalier Pitié-Salpêtrière Charles Foix", Paris, France, one of the largest European hospitals.

The clinical activity of the department is devoted to acute respiratory care on one hand, and to the management of respiratory handicap on the other hand. All forms and sources of respiratory handicap are considered, from severe COPD to the respiratory impact of neurological and neuromuscular diseases, with emphasis on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and quadriplegia (the department is the only center for diaphragm pacing in France).

In the field of research, Prof. Similowski is the head of research unit UMRS 1158 "Clinical and Experimental Respiratory Neurophysiology" of INSERM and Université Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie. This translational unit comprises an animal laboratory and a human laboraory, and uses many techniques from molecular biology to psychophysiology, and including electrophysiology, functional imaging, and mathematical modelling. The unit is entirely devoted to the study of the interactions between the respiratory system and the nervous system. This goes from the study of respiratory muscle function in health and diseases to the study of the mechanisms of breathing control, with emphasis on the relationship between the cerebral cortex and breathing and the pathophysiology and psychophysiology of dyspnea.    

From a personal point of view, Prof. Similowski is a former research fellow of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He has published more that 300 peer-reviewed articles. In 2000, he was awarded the Cournand lecture of the European Respiratory Society. In 2004, he received a French "Victoire de la Médecine" for implementing diaphragm pacing in France. In 2015, he received the "Prix François Petay pour la recherche sur la BPCO" from the prestigious French "Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale", and in 2016 he was elected Fellow of the European Respiratory Society. 


Prof. Hilary Pinnock is Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine with the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, Allergy and Respiratory Research Group, University of Edinburgh, and a general practitioner in Whitstable, Kent.

Her research interests include the delivery of care within the ‘real-life’ primary care setting including implementing self-management for asthma, telehealthcare for supporting management of respiratory disease, supporting people with COPD and depression to attend pulmonary rehabilitation, and supportive care for people with severe COPD.

She leads the education subgroup of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group, and chairs the primary care group of the European Respiratory Society.  She chairs the self-management and diagnosis evidence review groups of the BTS/SIGN asthma guideline and is an education editor of npjPrimary Care Respiratory Medicine.

2016 Meeting

October 7 - 9

Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Seattle


Meeting 2016 Program

Keynote Speakers

Dr.  Jeannette D. Hoit
Professor, University of Arizona

Dr. Hoit is a professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and a member of the Program in Neuroscience faculty, Motor Control Training faculty, and National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders faculty. She received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1986 and later pursued postdoctoral study in the Respiratory Biology Program, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Speech Research Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Hoit’s research and teaching interests include speech physiology as it relates to normal processes, particularly development and aging, and abnormal processes, particularly those associated with neuromotor speech disorders. She is currently focusing her research efforts on the areas of ventilator-supported speech and speaking-related dyspnea.

Dr. Bradley J. Undem
Professor, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Undem received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from University of Wisconsin in 1985.  After post-doctoral training in Immunology at Johns Hopkins, he was appointed to Assistant Professor in 1987.  In 1997 he was appointed to his present position of Full Professor in the Department of Medicine with a Joint Appointments in The Center for Sensory Biology in the Department of Molecular Medicine, and in the department of Respiratory Physiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Undem has published extensively on the role of airway sensory and autonomic nerves in health and disease.   He has mentored over 25 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, has served on the editorial board for 11 journals, and is a frequent peer reviewer for The National Institutes of Health and various international funding agencies.

2015 Meeting

October 9 - 11

Seville, Spain


Meeting 2015 Program

Invited Speakers

We are honored to host a distinguished panel of invited speakers who contribute to the study of psychological and behavioral factors in respiration from a variety of perspectives.


Richard Kinkead, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Department of Pediatrics of Laval University, Québec, in Canada, supported by a Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Neurobiology. He has worked on animal models of neonatal maternal separation stress and neuroendocrine programming of the respiratory control system, providing important contributions to our understanding of the maturation and plasticity of the central nervous system regulation of ventilation. His work also provides important insights into early-life risk factors for panic and anxiety disorders.



Kyle T.S. Pattinson, BM DPhil FRCA, is a Consultant Anesthetist and Associate Professor at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Oxford University, UK. He has worked extensively on the central nervous system regulation of respiratory control and has used the latest functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques to elucidate pathways and functional subdivisions of control centers. Other aspects of his research include imaging of brain perfusion changes following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and respiratory adaptation to high altitude. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals of neuroscience and physiology.




Jose Luis Lopez-Campos, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Seville University and a Pulmonologist at Virgen del Rocio University Hospital in Seville, Spain where he is in charge of the specialized Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease outpatient clinic. He has worked extensively on various aspects of clinical care for COPD patients, including the organization of pulmonary rehabilitation and assessment of patients’ perception of dyspnea and disease status. His work has been associated with large-scale national and European research collaborations and guideline initiatives. At the ISARP meeting, he will present a keynote address on "The importance of patient's perception in COPD assessment". 


2014 Meeting

New Brunswick, New Jersey

September 19 – 21


Meeting 2014 Program

Invited Speakers

We will have two exciting invited presentations at the upcoming conference, on Saturday and Sunday: Drs. Charles Irvin and Nancy Fiedler. On Friday evening, in addition to our welcome reception, program host Dr. Paul Lehrer will present an overview of his 40 year psychophysiology research career at Rutgers.



Charles Irvin, PhD is Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology, and Biophysics at the University of Vermont, after serving many years as head of the pulmonary laboratory at National Jewish Health (Denver, CO). A world renowned expert on asthma, pulmonary physiology, and animal models of lung disease, he has authored many of the accepted manuals for assessment of pulmonary function, and has played a central role in many of the large multicenter asthma trials. Dr. Irvin is the recipient of numerous research grants and has authored or co-authored over two hundred papers. In 2004, he received the Joseph R. Rodarte Award for Scientific Distinction from the American Thoracic Society.






Nancy Fiedler, PhD is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has published prolifically on behavioral and physiological effects of exposure to various environmental toxins, the psychophysiology of symptom perception, and the influence of psychological stress to these processes. Dr. Feidler has received grant funding from a variety of Federal and International agencies.

Dr. Fiedler's presentation at the ISARP 2014 conference will be "Psychological and physiological effects of exposure to inhaled environmental toxins and irritants."


2013 Meeting

 Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe

September 27 – 29


Meeting 2013 Program

Invited Speakers

We will have two exciting invited presentations at the upcoming conference, on Saturday and Sunday: Drs. Charles Irvin and Nancy Fiedler. On Friday evening, in addition to our welcome reception, program host Dr. Paul Lehrer will present an overview of his 40 year psychophysiology research career at Rutgers.


Prof. Dr. Koen Schruers is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University and visiting Professor at the Institute for Learning and Experimental Psychopathology of the University of Leuven. Dr. Schruers’ research expertise lies in experimental modeling of panic, carbon dioxide sensitivity and interoceptive fear conditioning in panic disorder. Dr. Schruers will present his recent work during a lecture:

‘The road to panic: From bodily sensations to panic attack’

on Saturday, September 28.




Prof. Dr. Thierry Troosters is Professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences and Director of the Research Group for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation at the University of Leuven. Dr. Troosters’ research focuses on pulmonary rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. His primary research interests include physical activity, exercise training, skeletal and respiratory muscle function. In recent years his research has focused on the design of interventions to enhance physical activity in patients with respiratory disease. Dr. Troosters is the current assembly head of the Allied Health Professionals in the European Respiratory Society. He will give a lecture on:

‘Enhancing physical activity with pulmonary rehab: changing the exercise training paradigm?’

on Sunday, September 29.


2012 Meeting

September 28 – 30, Orlando, Florida, USA

Meeting 2012 Program

2011 Meeting

October 1 - 3, Athens, Greece

Meeting 2011 Program

2010 Meeting

September 26 - 27, Yeshiva University, New York, USA

Meeting 2010 Program

2009 Conference Berlin


Abstract booklet

2008 Conference in Ann Arbor

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Claude Lum Remembrance

Claude Lum Profile

Presidential letter  2008

2007 Conference in Bristol

Abstracts 2007

Abstracts and index 2007

Presidential letter 2007

2006 Conference in Newport

Abstracts and Index 2006

Harry Kotses Award

2005 Conference in Hamburg

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 2005

Meeting report 2005 (including photo impressions)

2004 Conference in Princeton

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 2004

Meeting report 2004

A brief (early) history of ISARP by Ronald Ley

Award Dr. Hans Folgering

Presidential letter 2004

2003 Conference in Leuven

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 2003

2002 Conference in Washington

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 2002

Meeting report 2002

2001 Conference in Oxford

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and index 2001

Meeting report 2001 (including photo impressions)

2000 Conference in San Diego

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 2000

Meeting report 2000

1999 Conference in Granada

Abstracts and Index 1999 

Index 1999

Meeting report 1999

1998 Conference in Perpignan

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 1998

1997 Conference in Cape Cod

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 1997

1996 Conference in Nijmegen

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 1996

Meeting report 1996

Participants (photo)

1995 Conference in Toronto

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 1995

Meeting report 1995

1994 Conference in Saint Flour

Abstracts in Biological Psychology

Abstracts and Index 1994

Meeting report

Participants (photo)

1993 Organizing Meeting in London