Victor B. Fenik, PhD

Research Scientist III
VA GLAHS-West Los Angeles Healthcare Center


Dr. Fenik studies brainstem control of pharyngeal airway muscles during sleep and wakefulness using in vivo electrophysiology, neuropharmacology and neuroanatomy. His goal is to advance understanding of the organization of the brainstem neuronal network and its neurotransmitters that control excitability of hypoglossal motoneurons in order to identify new potential therapeutic targets and strategies to treat obstructive sleep apnea in veteran and general population. His current research is focused to determine behavior of pontine noradrenergic A7 neurons during sleep and wakefulness, their downstream projections and the afferent control of their activity. In addition, he is currently interested in localizing theoretically predicted interneurons that mediate state-dependent noradrenergic and serotonergic drives to hypoglossal motoneurons, as well as in developing new rodent animal models of obstructive sleep apnea.
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