Randolph J Nudo, PhD
University Distinguished Professor & Vice Chair of Research,
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Director, Landon Center on Aging
Director, Institute for Neurological Discoveries
Marion Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging
Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. is a University Distinguished Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Director of the Landon Center on Aging. As Director of the Landon Center on Aging, Dr. Nudo is responsible for fiscal management of the Center on Aging, coordination of interdisciplinary education, research and service activities, and the development of new programs devoted to the health and well-being of older Kansans. He is also Director of the Institute for Neurological Discoveries, dedicated to developing solutions to the growing number of neurological disorders occurring in the United States. He serves as the Marion Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging.
Current Research Funding: Dr. Nudo's Cortical Plasticity Laboratory focuses on understanding the brain's self-repair capacity after injury, and developing novel therapeutic approaches based on neuroscientific principles. Dr. Nudo is Principal Investigator on an NIH funded project to study neural mechanisms of functional recovery after stroke. This grant has had continuous funding since 1993. He is also collaborating with electrical engineers at Case Western Reserve University on projects funded by the Department of Defense to develop implantable electronic microdevices to repair pathways in the brain after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Nudo is the co-inventor of patents related to this technology. Dr. Nudo also works with collaborators in the Cortical Plasticity Laboratory to explore novel technologies and therapies for spinal cord injury.
Service: Dr. Nudo is Editor-in-Chief of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, a leading journal in the field of rehabilitation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. He is also Deputy Editor of the journal Brain Stimulation and is on additional editorial boards in the field of neuroscience. He has served on several NIH study sections, and reviews grant proposals for numerous state, federal and international funding agencies. He has served on several national advisory boards to NIH, academic institutions, and national scientific societies, currently serving on the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research at the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development.
Awards and Honors: Dr. Nudo has been the recipient of an Established Investigatorship and a Bugher Award from the American Heart Association, and the Javits Investigator Award from NIH. He has presented numerous named lectureships and keynote addresses both nationally and internationally. Among his research accolades, Dr. Nudo's research published in Science was cited as one of the top 100 science stories of 1996 by Discovery magazine. He received the Doctoral Graduate Award of Distinction by the Program in Neuroscience at Florida State University in 2000, and by the Department of Psychology in 2009. Dr. Nudo received the Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation in 2011, and was inducted into the Laurel Highlands School District Life Achievement Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr. Nudo has been honored by the University of Kansas with the Chancellor's Club Research Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award, and the Higuchi Research Achievement Award, and was named a University Distinguished Professor in 2017, the highest award bestowed upon a university faculty member. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association Stroke Council, and a Fellow of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation.
Previous Positions: After receiving a doctoral degree in psychology, Dr. Nudo received postdoctoral training in physiology at the University of California at San Francisco. Prior to joining the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Nudo was a faculty member of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where he was associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.
Primary Research Interests: Dr. Nudo's research focuses on translating basic science research into more effective clinical interventions for neurological disorders that accompany aging. He is recognized internationally for his work on the effects of rehabilitative training on functional plasticity after stroke, and is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia on stroke, neurology, neuroengineering and physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Publications: Among over 150 publications, Nudo has published his work in leading journals such as Science, Nature Communications, Nature Medicine, Journal of Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Stroke, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Cerebral Cortex, Journal of Neurotrauma, Journal of Neural Engineering, Journal of Neurophysiology, Current Opinions in Neurobiology, IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, Muscle and Nerve, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism and Journal of Comparative Neurology,