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Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC)
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Injury to the brain or spinal cord affects nearly 2 million people in the United States each year, causing permanent functional disabilities including paralysis, sensory dysfunction, and cognitive disorders. Bringing new treatments from the laboratory setting to patients requires an integrated effort among basic researchers, clinical researchers, and clinicians. With this in mind, the UCSF Brain and Spinal Injury Center (BASIC) was formed to promote collaborative basic, translational, and clinical studies on injuries to the brain and spinal cord. BASIC is a joint effort between the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology. Both departments bring their particular areas of expertise to a multidisciplinary effort centered on translational research.
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BASIC Co-Directors:
Geoffrey T. Manley MD, PhD
Linda Noble PhD
J. Claude Hemphill III MD, MAS
BASIC Research Laboratories:
Michael Beattie PhD
Biology and preclinical models of neural injury
Donna Ferriero MD
Neonatal brain injury
John Fike PhD
Neurogenesis and traumatic brain injury
Jialing Liu PhD
Neurogenesis and functional recovery after stroke
Geoffrey Manley MD, PhD
Basic, translational, and clinical traumatic brain - injury research
Linda Noble PhD
Traumatic brain and spinal cord injury - developing strategies to improve recovery
Scott Panter PhD
Cellular injury following stroke and hemoglobin-based neurological injury
Shirley Stiver MD, PhD
Cerebrovascular and traumatic central nervous system injury
Clinical Research:
Grant Gauger MD
J. Claude Hemphill III MD, MAS
Geoffrey Manley MD, PhD
Lawrence Pitts MD
Marco Sorani PhD
Shirley Stiver MD, PhD
Chris Ames MD
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