An Improved Method For Studying Mouse Diaphragm Function


Dr. Lessa will present a detailed and ready-to-use protocol on the design and manufacture of diaphragm clamps, along with a step by step protocol on how to mount the diaphragm strip to the clamp and then to the muscle force measurement system. She and her team compared the diaphragm force from the same mouse with both suture and clamp methods. She will end the presentation discussing their findings, results and future considerations.

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Thais Lessa, PhD Fellow

Duan Lab – University of Missouri

Thais Borges Lessa has a Bachelor in Physiotherapy. Following, she received her Master and Doctorate degree in Science in the Department of Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal science at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Currently Dr. Lessa is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri-USA. Her research interests include Muscle physiology, Gene therapy and Duchenne muscular dystrophy.