Welcome to Dr. Dave Bennett's spinal cord injury research group at the University of Alberta in the Centre for Neuroscience.

Dr. Bennett’s laboratory examines the spontaneous changes that occur in neurons below a spinal cord injury, with the objective of trying to understand and enhance recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury. Using animal models of spinal cord injury, his group examines changes in channels and receptors in neurons that control muscles below the injury, and examines optogenetic and pharmacological methods to compensate for loss of injured neurons and connections. The results are directly applicable to promoting recovery of locomotor function and treatment of unwanted spasticity in humans after spinal cord injury. 

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Lab news and media releases:  

Audio summary of recent discoveries: CBC radio interview about our Nature Medicine paper. 

Video: New therapies and CBC interview (go to 18:40 min)  Text: Oxygen improves function after spinal cord injuryNew therapies for injury. Rehab News. 

Older news releases: Spasticity treatment. Spasms after spinal cord injury