Current Projects
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1.  Repair of the damaged corticospinal system in adult animals:

Using a wide range of methods—including chronic and acute electrophysiology, viral tracing, optogenetics, molecular genetics, molecular biology, behavioral testing modeling—we study ways to promote corticospinal tract axonal sprouting in damaged and spared corticospinal tracts after several different kinds of injury models.

John Kalambogias
John Kalambogias

2.  Leveraging developmental genetics to promote function after corticospinal tract injury:

We are examining ways to promote novel connections between motor cortex and spinal neurons to restore function after injury

  • To use cortical neuromodulatory approaches to activate axon growth signaling in corticospinal tract axon to augment axonal outgrowth.
  • To harness genetic mechanisms to direct sprouting axons to particular spinal neuron classes

3.  Spinal neuromodulation to promote motor circuit excitability and prevent interneuron degeneration:

Particular classes of spinal interneurons experience trans-neuronal degeneration after corticospinal tract injury or the loss of corticospinal tract activity. We are examining ways to abrogate this cell loss, to maintain the integrity of motor cortex-to-muscle signal transmission.

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