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.
- Behavioural Core
- Surgical Core
- Histology and Microscopy
- Cell culture
Peter Baas (Lab)
Itzhak Fischer (Lab)
Simon Giszter (Lab)
John Houle (Lab)
Michael Lane (Lab)
Marion Murray (Lab)
Ramesh Ragupathi (Lab)
Ilya Rybak (Lab)
Veronica Tom (Lab)
• Dr Simon Giszter has recently published: "Spinal primitives and intra-spinal micro-stimulation (ISMS) based prostheses: a neurobiological perspective on the "known unknowns" in ISMS and future prospects". Front Neurosci. 2015 Mar 20;9:72.
• The Behavioural Core has purchased a Dynamic Plantar Aesthesiometer from Ugo Basile. This device is designed to assess touch sensitivity in experimental studies.
• Dr Marie-Pascale Cote has received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NIH, NINDS ) and the Craig H. Neilson Foundation to study chloride homeostasis and motor recovery after spinal cord injury and the effects of exercise.
• Recently published studies by Drs Veronica Tom and Peter Baas have revealed that inhibition of kinesin-5 promotes axonal regeneration after SCI.
• Drs Tatiana Bezdudnaya and Shaoping Hou received “Rising Star” awards from Dr Itzhak Fisher and the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy in recognition for their scientific achievements and their commitment to Drexel University and the Spinal Cord Research Center
• Drs Megan Detloff and John Bethea received a Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE ) award to study the effects of exercise induced expression of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines following spinal cord injury. The goal of this project is to explore whether exercise prevents pain development after SCI.