Participating Faculty

Neurological and Rehabilitation Science Training Grant Participating Faculty

The faculty mentors selected for this training program know how to build multidisciplinary collaboration as they have successfully brought together professionals from diverse fields for similar initiatives. They believe that cohesive groups are built on mutual respect, support, and shared opportunity and reward. Measures of their effectiveness include: 1) their continued success at recruiting and retaining interdisciplinary research team members; 2) the number of publications in which young investigators are given first authorships along with extensive support and mentoring; and 3) their ongoing ability to maintain complex research projects in neuroscience with multiple team members.

Both basic and clinical scientists participate in the Neurological and Rehabilitation Sciences Training Program. Of the 23 mentors, 15 focus primarily on animal models, while eight utilize human models. Of the three program themes (Basic Mechanisms, Characterization of Pathology, and Therapeutic Intervention), “mechanisms” is a primary or secondary theme of 19 faculty, while 10 faculty list “pathology” as a primary or secondary theme and 14 faculty list “therapy” as a primary or secondary theme.

Name/Degree(s)
Rank
Primary (& Secondary) Appointment(s)
Role in Program
Research Interest
Barohn, Richard J., MD Professor & Chair School of Medicine, Neurology
Mentor
Myopathies, motor neuron disease, neuropathies, and myasthenia gravis
Belousov, Andrei, PhD Associate Professor School of Medicine, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mentor
Neuroscience; Neuronal plasticity
Berman, Nancy E.J., PhD Professor School of Medicine, Anatomy & Cell Biology
Mentor
Hormonal effects on pain; role of microglia in normal aging and in brain injury
Billinger, Sandra, PT, PhD, FAHA Assistant Professor School of Health Professions, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Mentor
Cellular mechanisms that influence vascular function after stroke and how exercise, as a therapeutic intervention, may affect vascular health
Brooks, William M., PhD Professor & Director, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center & Professor School of Medicine, Neurology (Hoglund Brian Imaging Center)
Mentor
Brain imaging approaches to CNS disorders, traumatic brain injury & aging
Brusés, Juan L., MD, PhD Associate Professor School of Medicine, Anatomy & Cell Biology
Mentor
Cell-cell interactions in synapse formation and function
Burns, Jeffrey M., MD Assistant Professor & Director, Alzheimer and Memory Center School of Medicine, Neurology (Alzheimer & Memory Center & AD Clinical Research Program)
Mentor
Alzheimer's Disease & Brain Aging
Cheney, Paul D., PhD Professor & Chair School of Medicine, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Mentor, IAC member
Cortical mechanisms of motor function
Choi, In-Young, PhD Assistant Professor School of Medicine, Neurology
Mentor
In vivo imaging of brain energy metabolism
Durham, Dianne, PhD Professor School of Medicine, Otolaryngology
Mentor
Noise-induced hearing loss
Kluding, Patricia, PhD Associate Professor School of Health Profession, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Mentor
Rehabilitation interventions in people with stroke; exercise interventions in people with diabetes
Levant, Beth, PhD Associate Professor School of Medicine, Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics
Mentor
Neuropharmacology; Neurochemistry
Liu, Wen, PhD Associate Professor School of Health Professions, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Mentor
Human Sensorimotor control, Neurological & orthopedic rehabilitation
McIff, Terence E., PhD, MPPM Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery, (Physical Therapy & Rehab Science, & Mechanical Engineering)
Mentor
Orthopedics, Extremity War Injuries, Wound Healing, Orthopedic Biomechanics, Trancutaneous Prosthetic Attachment, Bone Fracture and Defect Healing, Fat Embolism, Peripheral Nerve Injury, Surgical Instrument and Implant Design 
Nishimune, Hiroshi, Phd Assistant Professor School of Medicine, anatomy & Cell Biology
Mentor
Molecular mechanisms important for synapse formation and maintenance
Nudo, Randolph J., PhD Professor School of Medicine, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Principal Investigator, Mentor, Chair IAC
Motor dysfunction; Mechanisms of stroke recovery; Novel interventions after stroke
Savage, Cary R., PhD Professor & Director, Functional MRI School of Medicine, Psychiatry (Hoglund Brain Imaging Center)
Mentor
Neuroimaging of cognitive function
Sharma, Neena, PT, PhD, CMPT Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Education Dept. of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Mentor
Biochemical and neural mechanisms contributing to chronic pain syndromes and the efficacy of various physical therapy interventions in modulating pain
Smirnova, Irina V., PhD

Associate Professor,
PhD in Rehabilitation Science Program Director

School of Health Professions, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Mentor
Diabetic heart disease, diabetic neuropathy and benefits of exercise on these diabetic complications; proteomics
Smith, Peter G., PhD Professor and Director, Kansas Intellectual Disabilities Development Research Center School of Medicine, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mentor
Reproductive physiology; Mechanisms govering neuronal growth and degeneration
Staecker, Hinrich, PhD Professor Otolaryngology
Mentor
Cochlear implantation effect on the Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) and sudden hearing loss induced tinnitus)
Stanford, John A., PhD Associate Professor School of Medicine, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mentor
Basal ganglia dysfunction in animal models of aging and Parkinson's disease
Stehno-Bittel, Lisa A., PhD, PT Professor & Chair School of Health Professions, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Mentor, IAC member, Rehab Sci Director
Pancreatic islet transplantation to cure diabetes; creation of bio-artificial islets
Swerdlow, Russell H., MD Professor School of Medicine, Neurology (School of Medicine, Molecular and Integrative Physiology)
Mentor
Molecular basis of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS)
Wright, Douglas E., PhD Professor School of Medicine, Anatomy & Cell Biology
Mentor
Sensory biology; Neurotrophins; Periperal neuropathy

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