Welcome to The Dyspnea Lab

Join us June 26-28 for Dyspnea 2024 in Montreal!  This is a 2 1/2 – day international scientific meeting for physiologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and clinicians with an interest in dyspnea research.

Contribute to the future of dyspnea science – sponsor young faculty and trainees attending Dyspnea 2024

The Dyspnea Lab at Harvard (Headed by Bob Banzett and Bob Lansing) worked for more than 3 decades to discover the basic neural mechanisms underlying the symptom of dyspnea (shortness of breath, breathlessness). We utilized methods from respiratory physiology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience. Using pharmacological interventions, clinical lesions, and functional brain imaging we studied neural mechanisms underlying the symptom of dyspnea.

April 2024: Although the lab is closed now, we are rebuilding this website to include summaries of our work, links to our papers, and educational videos.  We will post educational videos for health care professionals, and links to published work.

The free PMC version of our comprehensive review of air hunger is available here

To learn more about our work, please click on the following page links (some have not yet been updated, but we are working on it)

Who We Are

Research Accomplishments (updated March 2024)

Related Labs & Projects


Conferences & Courses (updated March 2024)

Lab News & Pictures