Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics
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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