Spinal Cord Injury Core

BREATHE is devoted to developing new therapeutics to restore breathing and airway defense, walking, and health in those living with spinal cord injuries. A particular focus is to harness spinal cord plasticity through intermittent hypoxia or spinal cord electrical stimulation to restore function.

 Researcher/Clinician NameTitleDepartmentCoresSpecialties
Prodip 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
David J. 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, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpinal stimulation induced phrenic motor plasticity; neurostimulation and functional recovery of breathing capacity after spinal 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 Therapy Basic 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
Carolyn GeisCarolyn Geis, MDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Orthopaedics & RehabilitationNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreClinical SCI
Elisa Gonzalez-RothiElisa Gonzalez-Rothi, DPT, PhDResearch Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physical Therapy Basic 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
Daniel 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
Jack 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
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
Kevin 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
Dana 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
Karim 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
Christine SchmidtChristine Schmidt, PhDProfessor & ChairDepartment of Biomedical EngineeringNeurological Disorders Core, Neurotechnology Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreNeuroregeneration after peripheral or spinal cord injury
Floyd ThompsonFloyd Thompson, PhDProfessor EmeritusDepartment of NeuroscienceNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSpasticity after TBI/SCI
Shahab VahdatShahab Vahdat, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Applied Physiology & KinesiologyNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreImaging SCI and stroke in human and rodent models
Heather VincentHeather Vincent, PhD, FACSMAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Orthopaedics & RehabilitationNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreRehabilitation from SCI
Joshua YarrowJoshua Yarrow, PhDHealth ScientistMalcolm Randall VA Medical CenterNeurological Disorders Core, Spinal Cord Injury CoreSex hormones and bone density after SCI