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On Wednesday 17th November 5.00pm, we held our monthly casual French Lab meeting referred to as the ‘AfterLab’ with Caroline Sevoz-Couche, a research scientist at Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) and a Principal Investigator at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, National University of Singapore. This AfterLab will be a special one as it will be our first hybrid event since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore participants are welcomed to choose between in-person or digital tickets.

FYI: We have limited seating spots to respect and comply with safe management guidelines, hence physical attendance tickets will be sent out on a first come first served basis only.

Dr. Caroline Sevoz-Couche is a French researcher who has conducted studies on the vagus nerve for more than 20 years. As a neuropharmacologist, she particularly focused on serotoninergic receptors in the medulla to counteract the reduction of vagal activity. Recently, she turned her attention to non-conventional therapies. In particular, the deep breathing technique which appears to be a top candidate. The visualization of heart rate oscillations under a slow respiratory frequency (slow deep breathing or SDB) is not only an easy way to estimate the vagal parasympathetic activity but it can also be efficient to improve the function of organs targeted by the vagus nerve (the heart but also lung, eye, pancreas, etc.) and reduce central symptoms through positive feedback.

To find out what Caroline will be covering during her AfterLab, please take a look at her abstract below:

“Slow deep breathing: How it works and What for?”

How can breathing have an impact on our body? What is important in breathing, frequency or volume? Is there any physiological phenomenon behind the benefits of this technique? I will present evidence linking breathing and overall health, with a comprehensive description of “how it works”, and an overview of “what for” this technique can produce a beneficial effect. Don’t hesitate to join us and you will be able to experiment yourself the slow deep breathing and estimate its effects on your body during this AfterLab.


Please click on the replay below if you missed the AfterLab :