Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Neuroscience

UCL's Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Neuroscience presents...


September 17th to 21st 2017


Plenary Lecturers


Program - UPDATED: Final version -



It was during a dinner at the Polish National Academy of Sciences 45 years ago, that the important meeting between Dan Cunningham and Richard Herczynski occurred. Even though Cunningham was an esteemed respiratory physiologist, he had been struggling with expressing the breathing pattern quantitatively, a problem all too easily solved by a distinguished mathematician Herczynski, armed with just a napkin and a pen. Following such a fruitful conversation the two discussed whether there might be some benefit in organising a more widespread discussion between the respiratory physiologists and the mathematicians. Some 7 years later this idea was realised during the first Oxford Conference on Modelling and Control of Breathing, which was held in September 1978 at the University Laboratory of Physiology in Oxford, with the delegates housed at Oxford University Queen's College. The conference was organised by Cunningham and Herczynski, alongside Ebbe Petersen, Ewart Carson, and David Murray-Smith, and was attended by 90 delegates from 10 countries, though sadly Herczynski was unable to attend. The conference was extremely well received and has since become a regular event, trotting it's way around the globe through North America, Japan, Europe, and Australia, with attendees from Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, United States and others.


In keeping with the spirit of the original Oxford Conference this meeting will focus on discussing latest research and developing collaborations between specialties that may not commonly meet at other conferences. We aim to bring together research groups with common interests in all aspects of respiratory physiology and neurobiology; modeling, exercise physiology, chemoreception (central and peripheral) and beyond.

Please Join us

It is our pleasure to announce that after almost 40 years of circulating around the world the Oxford Conference on Modelling and Control of Breathing returns to the beautiful city of Oxford where the magnificent Merton College offers exceptional conference facilities. We invite you to attend this event that many consider to be the world's most important and influential conference on the respiratory control and look forward to see you in Oxford in September 2017.

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Proceedings will be published in Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology (Elsevier)

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Past Meetings

Year Location
1978 Oxford, UK
1982 Lake Arrowhead, CA USA
1985 Solignac, France
1988 Grand Lake, CO USA
1991 Fuji, Japan
1994 Egham, UK
1997 Huntsville, Ontario Canada
2000 North Falmouth, MA USA
2003 Paris, France
2006 Lake Louise, Alberta Canada
2009 Nara, Japan
2012 Almelo, The Netherlands
2014 Sydney, Australia


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