Eugenín León Jaime
The Laboratory of Neural Systems is devoted to the study of the genesis and the regulation of the respiratory rhythm in mammalian neonates. Our long-term goal is to determine the biological basis underlying the effects of perinatal nicotine exposure upon the neonatal respiratory neural network. This approach is a paradigm for studying the mechanisms that relate a known population risk, as maternal tobacco smoking, with a higher rate of central nervous system disfunctions as those observed in the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. We combine electrophysiological and morphological techniques using in vivo as well in vitro preparations (isolated brainstem-spinal cord preparation and brainstem slices).