Spinal Cord Research Centre







Principal Investigators - Areas of Expertise

Full Core Members


Kristine Cowley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
In vitro electrophysiology and neuropharmacology, studies of spinal cord motor pattern generation and coordination, and adult rat spinal cord injury and motor training and recovery. Human neuromechanics, exercise physiology, and prevention and treatment of secondary complications of spinal cord injury.

Eftekhar Eftekharpour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Regeneration and Repair strategies for treatment of Spinal cord injury and Stroke. Pharmacological and Stem Cell Replacement Approaches to enhance neural cell protection, Manipulation of Redox Regulating systems in nervous system.

Brent Fedirchuk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology; Secondary Member DND
Electrical properties of motoneurons, modulation during locomotion, spinal motor circuitry.

Phillip F. Gardiner, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management; Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology (cross-appointed); Director, SCRC; Secondary Member DND
Adaptations in spinal cord, neuromuscular junction and muscle to alterations in chronic activity levels; adaptability of biophysical, neurochemical and morphological properties of motoneurons.

Larry M. Jordan, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology; Secondary Member DND
Basic studies on brain and spinal cord systems controlling locomotion: genetic identification of core neuron groups, anatomical connectivity, relevant neurotransmitters and receptors, activity patterns of core neuron groups, and targeted deletion and activation. Restoration of locomotor function using spinal transplants of brainstem locomotor neurons.

Soheila Karimi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, neural stem cells, regenerative medicine, spinal cord repair and regeneration, myelin repair, glial differentiation, preclinical therapeutic interventions in spinal cord injury.

David A. McCrea, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Spinal cord electrophysiology, spinal motor circuitry, pre- and postsynaptic control mechanisms.

James I. Nagy, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Neurochemistry, neuroanatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, immunohistochemistry, models of spinal cord and brain injury, gap junction structure and function, CNS inflammatory mechanisms.

Brian J. Schmidt, M.D., FRCPC
Professor, Internal Medicine (Neurology); Adjunct Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
In vitro electrophysiology and neuropharmacology, studies of spinal cord motor pattern generation.

Katinka Stecina, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology
Electrophysiology, brain, spinal cord, function network analysis, interneurons, sensory-motor coordination, reflex, surface EMGs, nerve stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Affiliate Members


Benedict C. Albensi, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Full Member DND
Role of NF-kB signaling in memory, and memory impairments from acute injury (TBI, stroke) and chronic disease (Alzheimer.s, epilepsy), experiments at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and whole animal level using techniques such as Western blots, gel shift assays, in vitro electrophysiological recording (eg., LTP measurements), calcium analysis, in vivo MRI, and behavioral testing (Morris water maze).

Christopher M. Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Director - Neuroscience Research Program; Manitoba Research Chair in Neurodegeneration
Neurovascular coupling, vascular dementia, two-photon imaging, astrocytes, brain ischemia, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase, brain bioenergetics.

Alan Casey, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Sect. Rehabilitation Medicine
Physiatry, osteoporosis after spinal cord injury, spasticity.

Marc Del Bigio, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
Professor, Pathology
Correlations human and animal neuropathology (developing to old age), histopathological assessment of brain, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, animal models of brain disease (stroke, trauma, hydrocephalus, toxin exposure)

Karen Ethans, M.D., FRCPC
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine; Director, SCIU, Physical Med.& Rehab.
Clinical specialist in medical rehabilitation, neuropharmacology, pain, spasticity, neurogenic bladder.

Paul Fernyhough, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Director DND
Diabetic and peripheral neuropathies, cell culture, confocal microscopy, fluorescence imaging, neuronal plasmid transfection, general biochemistry and pharmacology.

Gordon Glazner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Full Member DND
Excitotoxicity, Alzheimer disease, stroke, aging, neuro-protection, signal transduction, gene expression, neurotrophic factors, apoptosis and necrosis.

Sari Hannila, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Axonal regeneration, CNS myelin, MAG, SLPI, Smad2, TGF-beta signaling, reactive astrogliosis.

Jennifer Kornelsen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Radiology.
Spinal cord functional magnetic resonance imaging; human spinal cord neuroimaging; studies of sensory, motor, and affective processes in the spinal cord with spinal cord fMRI.

Dean J. Kriellaars, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Rehabilitation Sciences; Adjunct Professor, Physiology & Pathophysiology; Director, Human Performance Lab.
Human movement studies, bone density studies, inventor of several devices for use in rehabilitation, development of numerous software packages for rehabilitation research and clinical purposes.

Brian MacNeil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of Rehabilitation Sciences
Neuroimmunology, regulation of the sympathetic nervous system, exercise and immune function.

Barbara L. Shay, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, College of Rehabilitation Sciences; Department Head, Dept. of Physical Therapy
Neural control in movement, motion analysis, effects of descending neurotransmitters and modulation in the spinal cord.

 



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