Neurological Disorders Core

Major strengths include respiratory function in neuromuscular disorders (Spinal Cord Injury, Pompe Disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and ALS), neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease), and other clinical disorders (cancer cachexia, heart failure, sleep apnea).

 Researcher/Clinician NameTitleDepartmentCoresSpecialties
BauerRussell Bauer, PhD, ABPPProfessorDepartment of Clinical & Health PsychologyNeurological Disorders CoreTraumatic brain injury
BorcheltDavid Borchelt, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of NeuroscienceNeurological Disorders CorePrior transmission of ALS
BoseProdip Bose, MD, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpasticity after TBI/SCI
ChandranVijayendran Chandran, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of PediatricsBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CorePeripheral and central nervous system regeneration
ChristouEvangelos Christou, PhDProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyNeurological Disorders CoreAging and neuromuscular control
ClarkDavid Clark, ScDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Aging & Geriatric ResearchNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreRehabilitation from stroke and SCI (human movement)
DaleErica Dale, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Physiology and Functional GenomicsBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology CoreSpinal stimulation induced phrenic motor plasticity; neurostimulation and functional recovery of breathing capacity after spinal injury
DeKosky Steven DeKosky, MDProfessor & Deputy DirectorDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders CoreTraumatic brain injury
Emily FoxEmily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCSResearch Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physical Therapy Basic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CorePhrenic/diaphragm pacing as rehabilitative tool; therapeutic intermittent hypoxia and spinal injury
DFDavid Fuller, PhDProfessor & Program DirectorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Airway Defense Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpinal stimulation and recovery of breathing activity with opiate-induced respiratory depression and spinal injury; Regulation of airway muscles; hyperbaric oxygenation, intermittent hypoxia and respiratory plasticity, Pompe disease
GeisCarolyn Geis, MDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Orthopaedics & RehabilitationNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreClinical SCI
Todd GoldeTodd Golde, MD, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of NeuroscienceNeurological Disorders CoreNeurodegenerative disease
Elisa Gonzalez-RothiElisa Gonzalez-Rothi, DPT, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreRespiratory plasticity induced by neurostimulation and intermittent hypoxia; spinal cord injury; sleep apnea & pathogenic intermittent hypoxia after SCI
HohDaniel Hoh, MDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of NeurosurgeryNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreMinimally invasive and complex spine surgery;
spinal cord regeneration;
neurologic rehabilitation;
treatment of spinal degenerative, trauma, deformity, tumor, rheumatologic, and infectious disorders
Mike JaffeeMichael Jaffee, MD, FAAN, FANAProfessor & Vice ChairDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders CoreTraumatic brain injury
JudyJack Judy, PhDProfessor & Program DirectorNanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering TechnologyNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreAdvanced neural-interface technology and systems, autonomic neuroengineering; neuroprosthetics
Jada LewisJada Lewis, PhDProfessorDepartment of NeuroscienceNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen CorePathogenic and therapeutic IH in neurodegenerative disease
CMCarolina Maciel, MD, MSCRClinical Assistant ProfessorDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen CoreCognitive function after cardiac arrest/recovery; neurocritical care, TBI
Gordon MitchellGordon Mitchell, PhDPreeminence Professor & DirectorDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreIntermittent hypoxia induced respiratory plasticity, therapeutic intermittent hypoxia in spinal injury and ALS
Maria NikodemovaMaria Nikodemova, MS, PhDResearch Associate ScientistDepartment of Physical TherapyBasic Breathing Research Core, Neurological Disorders Core, Neurotherapeutic Oxygen Core, Spinal Cord Injury Coremicroglial plasticity in healthy CNS and during neurodegeneration; APOE4 phenotype, sleep apnea; the role of microglia and neuroinflammation in regulating respiratory motor plasticity during hypoxia and after spinal cord injury
Michael OkunMichael Okun, MDProfessor & ChairDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders CoreClinical movement disorders
OttoKevin Otto, PhDProfessor & Senior Associate ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeural interfaces, multi-channel implantable micro devices for neural stimulation, autonomic neuroengineering; neuroprosthetics; spinal/epidural stimulation
OtzelDana Otzel, PhD, ATC, LATHealth Science SpecialistMalcolm Randall VA Medical CenterNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreHuman and rodent studies of muscle/bone rehabilitation after SCI
OweissKarim Oweiss, PhDProfessorDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeuroengineering, cortical compensation for SCI; Neural interface design to restore, augment or repair lost sensorimotor function
RanumLaura Ranum, PhDProfessor & DirectorDepartment of Molecular Genetics & MicrobiologyNeurological Disorders CoreGenetics of neurodegenerative neuromuscular disease: myotonic dystrophy and ALS
SchmidtChristine Schmidt, PhDProfessor & ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeuroregeneration after peripheral or spinal cord injury
ThompsonFloyd Thompson, PhDProfessor EmeritusDepartment of NeuroscienceNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpasticity after TBI/SCI 
VahdatShahab Vahdat, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreImaging SCI and stroke in human and rodent models
VincentHeather Vincent, PhD, FACSMAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Orthopaedics & RehabilitationNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreRehabilitation from SCI
WagnerMary Wagner, MDClinical ProfessorDepartment of PediatricsNeurological Disorders CoreSleep disordered breathing
WymerJames Wymer, MD, FAANProfessorDepartment of NeurologyNeurological Disorders CoreDiagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases, including ALS, muscle diseases and peripheral neuropathies
YarrowJoshua Yarrow, PhDHealth ScientistMalcolm Randall VA Medical CenterNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSex hormones and bone density after SCI