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Dr. Ramirez has a general research interest in the neural control of rhythmic activity. In particular, he studies neural mechanisms involved in the generation of respiratory rhythms, neocortical activity, and epilepsy. Related interests include neuronal mechanisms underlying erratic breathing in Rett syndrome, familial dysautonomia, congenital hypoventilation syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and pediatric epilepsy, as well as burst firing in dopaminergic neurons, possibly linked to ADHD.
Ramirez’s current work is focusing on hypoxic effects on mammalian respiratory neural networks. Various in vivo and in vitro approaches are used. In this work, experiments are performed using three in vitro preparations: (a) isolated brainstem-spinal cord, (b) the working heart-brainstem, and (c) the transverse slice preparation.
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