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Anna Hudson

Current Appointments

Senior Research Fellow (Honorary)
Lung Foundation Australia/Boehringer Ingelheim COPD Research Fellow Conjoint Senior Lecturer, UNSW
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Anna Hudson completed her doctorate at NeuRA and UNSW in 2010, investigating the neural control of the human inspiratory muscles using single motor unit electromyography (EMG) recordings. With the support of an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship she conducted postdoctoral studies at Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière, Paris using electroencephalography (EEG) and signal processing techniques to investigate how breathing is controlled in healthy subjects and patient groups. She has also made contributions in the broader discipline of motor control, including the descending control of limb muscles.
Anna returned to NeuRA in 2014. Current studies include investigation of the relationship between the mechanics and neural control in respiratory and limb muscles using ultrasound and EMG and of sensorimotor cortical control of the respiratory muscles in healthy subjects and in patients with respiratory disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnoea and asthma using EEG.

Anna is looking for Honours and PhD students for the broad range of current studies listed above. Contact her for more details.


2022 Sep

Estimating inspiratory neural drive and the wakefulness drive to breathe

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2022 Jul

Combined head accelerometry and EEG improves the detection of respiratory‐related cortical activity during inspiratory loading in healthy participants

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2020, 14 Jun

Increased diaphragm motor unit discharge frequencies during quiet breathing in people with chronic tetraplegia

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2020, 01 May

Differential activation of the human costal and crural diaphragm during voluntary and involuntary breaths

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2019, 20 Oct

Discharge properties of human diaphragm motor units with ageing

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2018, 29 Dec

Inspiratory pre‐motor potentials during quiet breathing in ageing and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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2017, 01 Dec

Task-dependent output of human parasternal intercostal motor units across spinal levels

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Short-latency inhibitory reflex responses to inspiratory loading of the scalene muscles are impaired in spinal cord injury


A novel ultrasound technique to measure genioglossus movement in vivo


Does the Supplementary Motor Area Keep Patients with Ondine's Curse Syndrome Breathing While Awake?

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