Mission Statement: Our mission is to bridge the gap between scientific discovery and clinical application by 1) developing and optimizing promising therapies and 2) improving existing protocols, for the treatment of people with spinal cord injury.

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Upcoming Events

  • September 29th - 11:30am: Gregoire Courtine, Ph.D. will be giving a seminar.
  • September 14th - 12pm: Antigona Ulndreaj will be giving a seminar.
  • May 29th - 3:30pm: Kiki Yang, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Modularity in full transection spinal cord injury models in rodents- new fundamental insights into spinal plasticity.
  • May 27th - 12pm: Seminar by Murray Blackmore, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Transcriptional Control of Axon Growth in the Central Nervous System.
  • May 20th - 12pm: Seminar by Alon Friedman, PhD, Depts of Med Neuroscience and Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
  • May 18th - 6-8pm: Join WHYY and Pint of Science as we celebrate groundbreaking scientific research in our backyard. Dr. Michael Lane, an innovator in the field of spinal cord injury from Drexel University College of Medicine. Where: WHYY, 150 N. 6th St, Philadelphia PA 19106.
  • May 6th - 12pm: Seminar by Ming-Hu Han, PhD, Dept of Pharmacology & Systems Therapeutics, Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY.
  • April 29th - 12pm: Seminar by Ronald Harris-Warrick, PhD, Dept of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Role of identified spinal interneurons in health and after spinal cord injury.
  • April 22nd - 12pm: Seminar by Andrew Cohen, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • April 17th - 12pm: Seminar by Andrew Spence, Department of Bioengineering, College of Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Gait, posture, pogo-sticks and newfangled neurogenetics: How do many-legged animals control their locomotion?
  • April 10th - 3:30pm: Seminar by David S. K. Magnuson, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Louisville, KY. Conditional Silencing of Spinal Cord Interneurons: Hopping to a new tune.
  • April 8th - 12pm: Seminar by Catherine Von Reyn, PhD, Janella Research Campus, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Using Neuroengineering to Investigate Sensorimotor Transformations.
  • April 3rd - 3:30pm: PPG Meeting: Muscle spindles feedback directs locomotor recovery and circuit reorganization after spinal cord injury.
  • March 25th - 12pm: Seminar by Stephane Vinit, UFR des Sciences de la Sante, Universite de Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France.
  • February 25th - 12pm: Seminar by Jeffrey C. Smith, Senior Investigator and Chief Cellular and Systems Neurobiology Section, NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, MD.
  • February 20th - 12pm: PPG Meeting: Discussion about using d-mannose as a prophylactic measure to prevent UTIs in transected rats.
  • February 13th - 12pm: PPG Meeting: Eugene Mironets will lead a discussion of the recent Nature paper from the Jerry Silver lab.
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    Fields of Interest


    Computational Neuroscience & Modelling




    Robotics & Brain-Computer Interface


    Core Facilities:
    - Behavioural Core
    - Surgical Core
    - Electrophysiology
    - Histology and Microscopy
    - Cell culture

    Research Team

    John Houle

    Center Director:

    John Houle


    Peter Baas  (Lab)
    Marie-Pascale Côté (Lab)
    Kimberly Dougherty
    Itzhak Fischer  (Lab)
    Simon Giszter  (Lab)
    John Houle  (Lab)
    Michael Lane  (Lab)
    Marion Murray  (Lab)
    Ramesh Ragupathi  (Lab)
    Ilya Rybak  (Lab)
    Veronica Tom  (Lab)

    Research Faculty:

    Theresa Connors
    Megan Detloff  (Lab)
    Tim Himes  (Lab)
    Shaoping Hou
    Ying Jin  (Lab)
    Vitaliy Marchenko
    Sergei Markin
    Natalia Shevtsova
    Jed Shumsky  (Lab)

    Affiliated Faculty:

    John Bethea
    Denise Garcia
    Michel Lemay
    Angelo Lepore
    Karen Moxon
    Scott Stackhouse
    Jeff Twiss



    Program Project Seminar Series

    Department Seminar Series

    Postdoctoral Fellows

    Graduate Students

    Student organized events

    The Neuroscience Graduate Program website

    The Philadelphia Chapter of SfN

    News Feed


    September 2015

    • Rahul Sachdeva dissertation defense will be Friday September 18th, Queen Lane, SAC A, 12pm.

    Rahul Sachdeva

    • Victoria Spruance won a presentation award at the annual meeting of the International Spinal Research Trust in London last week.

    August 2015

    • Dr. Kimberly Dougherty was awarded an R01 titled: CRCNS: Rhythm generation in rodent spinal cord. (CRCNS is Collaborative research in computational neuroscience.) Natalia Shevtsova is a Co-Investigator (Co-PI) on this award.

    • Dr. Tatiana Bezdudnaya received notice this morning that she will be awarded a grant from Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN). This is a highly competitive grant, so excellent news for Tanya. image1.PNG

    June 2015

    • Dr. Michael Lane was awarded a Pilot Research Grant from the Neilson Foundation to study "Activity dependent respiratory plasticity following spinal cord injury" (Marie-Pascale and Vitaliy are Co-Is).

    Recent Papers

    • Oza CS and Giszter SF. (2015) Trunk robot rehabilitation training with active stepping reorganizes and enriches trunk motor cortex representations in spinal transected rats. J. Neuroscience, 2015 May 6th; 35(18): 7174-7189. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4366- 14.2015. 2.

    • Song W, Cajigas I, Brown EN and Giszter SF. (2015) Adaptation to elastic loads and BMI robot controls during rat locomotion examined with point-process GLMs. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 2015 April 28; 9: 1- 11. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2015.00062. 3.

    • Giszter SF. (2015) Motor primitives-new data and future questions. Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 2015 Apr 21;33:156-165. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2015.04.004. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 25912883 4.

    • Giszter SF. (2015) Spinal primitives and intra-spinal micro-stimulation (ISMS) based prostheses: a neurobiological perspective on the "known unknowns" in ISMS and future prospects. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 2015 Mar 20;9:72. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2015.00072. eCollection 2015. Review. PMID: 25852454.

    Recent presentations and sessions organized

    • Neural Control of Movement Meeting Satellite- 2015 Topic: Neural underpinnings of rehabilitation from nervous system injury and disease. "Combining biological, bionic and rehabilitation interventions: finding the Goldilocks zones in rodent models of SCI".

    • Neural Control of Movement Meeting Main meeting panel session: "New methods of analysis of population data- relating neural dynamics and Sherrington reductionism".

    • Tech Breakfast, Philadelphia "Brain Braids, Braided neuroprosthetics"

    Lab member recent awards

    • John K Lee, ALCOA Lindau Graduate Student Award, to attend the 2014 Lindau Meeting.

    • John K Lee, Dean’s Fellowship for 'Excellence in Collaborative or Themed Research'.

    • David Logan, Ph.D., Brody Family Medical Trust Fund Fellowship in “Incurable Diseases”

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