Brain Injury & Repair Division Overview

Brain scans

Brain and spinal cord injuries can occur at any age and often result in permanent disability. As we age, certain kinds of brain injuries, such as those associated with stroke, are much more frequent; the likelihood of stroke doubles with each decade after the age of 50. 

What unique programs in brain injury and repair exist at KUMC?

KUMC investigators are recognized worldwide for their basic research in brain injury and repair. Physicians and scientists in the Brain Injury and Repair Division are performing cutting-edge research to develop new and better methods to diagnose and treat injuries to the nervous system, and are testing novel interventions to allow for better and faster recovery.  

  • Novel drug treatments are being developed to protect the brain from further damage after an injury occurs.
  • New exercise and physiotherapy interventions are being tested in clinical trials.
  • Partnering with scientists in engineering and computer science, KUMC scientists are developing next-generation brain implants for directly repairing brain circuits.
  • Basic scientists and physicians work closely together to make breakthroughs in brain repair strategies that will make the most difference in improving quality of life for patients with brain injuries.

A significant opportunity exists to have a major impact on the long-term morbidity and cost of brain injury conditions. KUMC is well poised to take advantage of this opportunity with more than a dozen faculty members from various departments receiving international recognition for their work on aspects of brain injury and recovery of function.

Another strength of our research in this field is the use of state-of-the-art non-invasive imaging capabilities at the Hoglund Brain Imaging Center to help us understand and facilitate brain plasticity in human stroke survivors.

Brain Injury and Repair Division Investigators

Paul Arnold, MD, Neurosurgery
Andrei Belousov, PhD, Molecular Integrative Physiology
Nancy Berman, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Sciences
William Brooks, PhD, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
Paul Cheney, PhD, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Carmen Cirstea, MD, PhD, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
Barry Festoff, MD, Neurology, VAMC
Shawn Frost, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Gary Gronseth, MD, Neurology
Patricia Kluding, PhD, SAH Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Sciences
Wen Liu, PhD, SAH Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Sciences
Erik Lundquist, PhD, Molecular Biosciences, KU
Michael Moncure, MD, Trauma and Critical Care Surgery
Randolph Nudo, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine 
Soumen Paul, PhD, Pathology
Jeffrey Radel, PhD, SAH Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Sciences
Jay Vivian, PhD, Pathology
Carl Weiner, MD, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mark Weiss, PhD, Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State 

Last modified: Jul 21, 2017
Division Directors

"We are making innovative discoveries that may soon lead to the restoration of lost function. Our ultimate goal is to repair the structure of the brain and spinal cord to return individuals to normal neurological function."

Division Director:
Randy Nudo, PhD

Associate Director:
Bill Brooks, PhD