Jack Feldman is a Brooklyn, NY native with his PhD in Physics and is a Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology at UCLA. According to my friend and previous guest Andrew Huberman “Jack is the world leader in all things breathing” so who better to talk to about this amazing gift of breath than Jack.
Jack discovered an area in the brain stem that is responsible for the rhythm of breath which he named the pre-Botzinger complex. He is a world leader into the discovery of the answer to this simple question…“How is the very basic rhythm of breathing generated?”
In this episode we explore Jacks journey to answer this simple sounding question and he shares a lot of valuable information and insights into how our respiration impacts our health and optimal performance….including how the breath prepares the body for exercise before it even begins…why HIIT works…and very interesting findings with episodic hypoxia training.
I really enjoyed talking with Jack and I hope you find value in our conversation. Thanks as always for tuning in and supporting the show!
Andrew Huberman and Jack Feldman convo on instagram
This was a live recorded conversation all about the neuroscience of breathing, its relationship to emotion, depression, opioids, and a lot more. Thank you Jack for joining me for this very stimulating and informative conversation!
5 min audio from BBC interview on how the name of pre-Botzinger complex came about
Neuroscientist and Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology at UCLA
Jack L. Feldman is an American neuroscientist and Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a world leader in understanding how human respiration works. His research contributions include elucidating the mechanisms underlying breathing and sighing. He discovered and named the pre-Bötzinger complex, an area in the brain stem that is responsible for controlling breathing. He was the recipient of the Hodgkin–Huxley–Katz Prize from the Physiological Society in 2017.