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LORENZ OTTO LUTHERER, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Physiology and Internal Medicine


Work in our laboratory has shown that the cerebellum is important for regulating both cardiovascular and respiratory function. Specific lesions in the cerebellum prevent the recovery of arterial pressure after various forms of hypotension and alter the sensitivity of baroreflexes. The cerebellum appears to augment sympathetic and inhibit parasympathetic responses. We are studying what appears to be a tonic inhibition of parasympathetic output. Removal of this influence by damage to the cerebellum may increase the potential for a serious syncopal response.

Lab Photo: Lorenz Lutherer, MD, PhD; Paul Hansen; Ben Harvey.


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