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Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research 

The Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Group (ISCBIRG) at Indiana University School of Medicine is an integrated component of Stark Neurosciences Research Institute. The group, led by Xiao-Ming Xu, PhD, is comprised of a crital mass of key principal investigators who study molecular mechanisms underlying spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and develop novel repair strategies to promote neural reorganization and functional recovery in experimental models of these injuries. The long-term goal of these studies is to translate promising treatments from animal models to humans. Additionally, several faculty conduct behavioral, pharmacological and neuroimaging research in human pediatric, adolescent and adult TBI.

Faculty Investigators

Xiao-Ming Xu, MS, PhD

Mari Hulman George Professor of Neuroscience Research

Derron L. Bishop, PhD

Associate Dean, IUSM Muncie

Randy R. Brutkiewicz, PhD

Professor of Microbiology & Immunology

Xiang Gao, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Neurological Surgery

Kunal Gupta, MBBCH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Flora Hammond, MD

Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Xiaoming Jin, BMED, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Naikui Liu, MD, MS, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Neurological Surgery

Brenna C. McDonald, Psy.D.

Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Samy Meroueh, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Jason Meyer, PhD

Associate Professor of Medical & Molecular Genetics

Paula Monje, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Neurological Surgery

Alexander G. Obukhov, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Richard B. Rodgers, MD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Zhiyong Tan, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology

Chandler L. Walker, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Fletcher A. White, PhD

Vergil K. Stoelting Professor of Anesthesia

Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences

Amol P. Yadav, PhD, MS, BE

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Feng C. Zhou, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Anatomy & Cell Biology

News and Updates

IU researchers pioneering noninvasive technique for neurological conditions

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are developing a new, noninvasive brain stimulation technique to treat neurological disorders, including pain, traumatic brain injury (TBI), epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and more.

Christina Griffiths  |  Jul 01, 2021

Research Updates

IU School of Medicine researcher develops new technique that may restore sensory loss after injury, stroke

Patients who suffer from loss of sensory function, such as touch and proprioception, caused by neurological injury may soon be treated with spinal cord stimulation to restore these critical functions.

Glenda Shaw  |  Jun 10, 2021

IU School of Medicine researchers discover new potential for functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have successfully reprogrammed a glial cell type in the central nervous system into new neurons to promote recovery after spinal cord injury—revealing an untapped potential to leverage the cell for regenerative medicine.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 05, 2021