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Jacopo Mortola - Professor

Jacopo Mortola - Professor

  Department of Physiology
McGill University
McIntyre Medical Sciences Building,
Room 1121
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler
Montréal, Québec H3G 1Y6

jacopo [dot] mortola [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Research Area:  Respiratory Physiology

Research Description:

The general research interest is on the developmental aspects of the control of breathing. Specific attention is given to the effects of hypoxia during the prenatal period, and its short- and long-term effects on various aspects of the cardio-respiratory function. Studies are usually of inter-species comparative nature

Education:  M.D., Milan

Recent Publications:

155.     Frappell, P, F. León-Vellarde, L. Aguero, and J.P. Mortola. Response to cooling temperature in infants born at 4,330 m altitude. Am. Rev. Respirat. Intens. Care Med., 158: 1751-1756, 1998. [PDF]

156.     Mortola, J. P., and P. B. Frappell. On the barometric method for measurements of ventilation, and its sue in small animals (invited commentary). Can . J. Physiol. Pharmacol., 76: 937-944, 1998.

161.     Mortola, J. P., P. B. Frappell, and P. A. Woolley. Breathing through skin in a new-born mammal. Nature, 397: 660, 1999.

166.     Mortola, J. P., P. B. Frappell, L. Aguero, and K. Armstrong. Birth weight and altitude: a study in Peruvian communities. J. Pediatr., 136: 324-329, 2000.

179.     Menna, T. M., and J. P. Mortola. Metabolic control of pulmonary ventilation in the developing chick embryo. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 130: 43-55, 2002.

191.     Mortola, J. P. Breathing around the clock: an overview of the circadian pattern of respiration. Eur. J. Appl. Physiol., 91: 119-129, 2004.

194.     Mortola, J.P. Implications of hypoxic hypometabolism during mammalian ontogenesis. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 141: 345-356, 2004.

196.*   Mortola, J.P. Pulmonary adaptation to sustained changes in metabolic rate. In Lung Development and Regeneration, edited by D. Massaro, G. Massaro and P. Chambon, Lung Biology in Health and Disease Series, Marcel Dekker Inc., NY, chapter 20, pp.525-571, 2004.

200.     Mortola, J.P. Influence of temperature on metabolism and breathing during mammalian ontogenesis. Respir. Physiol . Neurobiol., 149: 155-164, 2005.

203.    Mortola, J.P., and M.-J. Limoges. Resting breathing frequency in aquatic mammals: a comparative analysis with terrestrial species. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 154: 500-514, 2006.

207.     Mortola, J.P.  Hypoxia and circadian patterns. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 158: 274-279, 2007.

208.    Makanya, A.N., and J.P. Mortola. The structural design of the bat wing web and its possible role in gas-exchange. J. Anat., 211: 687-697, 2007.

215.    Mortola, J.P., and E. Cooney. Cost of growth and maintenance in chicken embryos during normoxic or hypoxic conditions. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 162: 223-229, 2008.

218.    Mortola, J.P. Gas exchange in avian embryos and hatchlings. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A, 153: 359-377, 2009.


Recent collaborations

Neonatal Research Unit @ Dept. Pediatrics- King Saud Univ. , Saudi Arabia– (Dr. Khalid Al Faleh) www.ksu.edu.sa

Chronophysiology Lab @ Dept. of Veterinary Medicine – Univ. of Messina, Italy (Dr. Giuseppe Piccione) - http://www.unime.it/didattica/facolta/medicina_vet.html

Dept. of Vet. Anatomy & Physiology @ Veterinary Med.- Nairobi Univ., Nairoby, Kenya (Dr. Andrew N. Makanya) http://www2.uonbi.ac.ke/departments/index.php?dept_code=LC&fac_code=22