Spinal Cord Injury Research

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Shepherd Center supports translational and clinical research efforts that are scientifically sound, safeguard the welfare of research participants, and have the potential to advance the field of spinal cord injury medicine.

Shepherd Center partners with institutions of higher learning and industry to develop solutions for paralysis, spasticity, pain, autonomic dysfunction and a variety of other consequences of spinal cord injury.

Until neural regeneration becomes a more clinically applicable possibility, Shepherd Center will continue to focus on preserving neurological function through prevention, increasing function through intervention, and setting the standard for independence and quality of life among individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries.

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at Shepherd Center is especially interested in the idea of restorative neurology and carries out studies that address the recovery of function in residual, reorganized or regenerated neural circuitry in patients with spinal cord injury.

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at Shepherd Center is developing a human laboratory called the Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab to expand its capacity to translate discoveries made in basic science research to studies in humans with spinal cord injury.

We hope to better understand how changes in the nervous system brought about by treatment can be enhanced to improve recovery or gain recovery in patients that don’t currently improve.

For any questions regarding SCI research at Shepherd Center, please contact us by email at sciresearch@shepherd.org.

SCI Research Team

Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA - Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research
Office contact:  404-603-4274
Email:  edelle_field-fote@shepherd.org

Jennifer Iddings, PhD, Post-doc Fellow

Stephen Estes, PhD, Post-doc Fellow

Leslie VanHiel, PT, DScPT, CCRC, Research Associate & Lab Coordinator

Barry McKay, BS, Electrophysiologist

Somu Ray, MS, BME, Research Associate

Nicholas Evans, MHS, CEP, Research Exercise Physiologist

Sarah Callahan, MOT, OTR/L, Research Associate

Beth Sasso, PT, DPT, NCS, Research Coordinator

Adam Holzwarth, PT, DPT, SCI Research Fellow

Evan Sandler, PT, DPT, SCI Research Fellow