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Brain Injury & Repair Division Overview

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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

Abiodun Akinwuntan, PhD, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science
Michael Abraham, MD, Neurology
Paul Arnold, MD, Neurosurgery
Andrei Belousov, PhD, Molecular Integrative Physiology
Cory Berkland, PhD, Pharmaceutical Chemistry - KU 
Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Science
William Brooks, PhD, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
Jon Brumberg, PhD, Speech-Language-Hearing - KU
Paul Cheney, PhD, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mark Chertoff, PhD, Hearing & Speech Ed.
Fu-Sheng Chou, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics
Hannes Devos, PhD, DRS, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Krishna Dummula, MD Department of Pediatrics
Dianne Durham, PhD, Otolaryngology
John Ferraro, PhD, FASHA, FAA, Hearing & Speech Ed.
Barry Festoff, MD, Neurology, VAMC
Shawn Frost, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Doug Girod, MD, Otolaryngology
Gary Gronseth, MD, Neurology
David Guggenmos, PhD, Rehabilitation Medicine
Janna Harris, PhD, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center
Patricia Kluding, PhD, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Patrick Landazuri, MD, Neurology
Wen Liu, PhD, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Erik Lundquist, PhD, Molecular Biosciences - KU
Alexandra Nielsen, MD, Rehabilitation Medicine
Randolph Nudo, PhD, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Soumen Paul, PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Janet Pierce, RN, PhD, Nursing
Jeff Radel, PhD, Occupational Therapy Education
Michael Rippee, MD, Neurology
Marcio Santos, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Catherine Siengsukon, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Hinrich Staecker, MD, PhD, Otolaryngology
Russell Swerdlow, MD, Neurology
Terry Tsue, MD, FACS, Otolaryngology
Jay Vivian, PhD, Pathology
Carl Weiner, MD, PhD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Last modified: Aug 27, 2018
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:
William Brooks, PhD

Associate Director: 
Jeff Radel, PhD