About David Fuller, PhD

Dr. Fuller is a Professor in the department of physical therapy and a co-director of the Center for Respiratory Rehabilitation and Research at the University of Florida.  His research program is aimed at understanding how neuroplasticity in the brain and spinal cord influences the control of breathing. The overall hypothesis driving the work in Dr. Fuller’s laboratory is that appropriate induction of neuroplasticity has the potential to improve respiratory muscle control in cases of injury or disease, thereby reducing dependence on mechanical ventilators and improving the quality of life for certain patients. Dr. Fuller’s laboratory uses a multidisciplinary approach to explore the relationship between neural plasticity and breathing. Current projects focus on 1) mechanisms of spinal plasticity induced by rehabilitative training; 2) identifying strategies to improve respiratory motor recovery following spinal cord injury, and 3) using gene delivery to respiratory motoneurons as a tool for improving breathing in certain disease states.

Dr Fuller and Plowman are currently collaborating on a project investigating the impact of gene delivery to tongue motoneurons in an animal model of Pompe’s Disease.