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Vincent Cabibel received « ERS young scientist sponsorship » at European Respiratory Congress 2019

Vincent Cabibel, a doctorate student at Euromov and CIFRE service of Group 5 Health research thesis received an acknowlegement at the European Respiratory Congress (affiliated with the European Respiratory Society), which is one of the two world congresses in pneumology, which took place in Madrid from September 28th to October 2nd.

Vincent presented his final thesis topic titled « Decreased brain interhemispheric connectivity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients ». 

This study evaluated whether patients with COPD had interhemispheric connectivity damage, connectivity damage can limit activation of important brain areas and in turn limit the voluntary strength of muscles. 

The goal of this research is to identify central nervous system characteristics that are connected to muscle weakness; by comparing healthly and COPD participant brain and muscle functionality, lower level central nervous system attributes involved with COPD can be identified.

Muscle weakness is an important topic of interest because it is a strong predictor of mortality for COPD patients.  Muscle weakness limits movement and the ability to exercise, thus diminishing autonomy and longevity of live.