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Biography - Dr. David S. K. Magnuson

David Magnuson joined the University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery in 1995 has since been promoted to Professor and Friends for Michael Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. He holds joint/adjunct appointments in the Department of Anatomical Science and Neurobiology and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering..

As a team member of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, he runs the Laboratory of Locomotor Systems and Rehabilitation and directs both KSCIRC’s Electrophysiology and Behavioral Assessment Core and Surgery and Animal Care Core.

He has numerous publications and collaborates with U of L faculty within KSCIRC and in the departments of surgery, chemical engineering and mechanical engineering. Other collaborators are Eric Beaumont at the University of Montreal and David Loy and Victor Song of Washington University in St. Louis.

His research has been continuously funded by the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust since his arrival at U of L. His research has been funded by both of KSCIRC’s COBRE grants and he was recently awarded an NIH grant entitled re-training locomotor circuitry in a rat model of SCI.

Prior to joining the U of L faculty, Magnuson was an Assistant Professor of Physiology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

Magnuson earned his BSc at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He completed postdoctoral work in Pharmacology at University College London (UK) and in Physiology at the University of Ottawa, Ontario.

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