Alexander Ovechkin, M.D., Ph.D.

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  1. Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery
  2. Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
  3. Frazier Rehab Institute and Neuroscience Center
  4. Laboratory of Clinical Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Neurophysiology

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Research Focus:

Scientific interests of my Lab are in the development and implementation of clinical and neurophysiological methods for use in clinical research to examine pulmonary and cardiovascular functions in disease and injury. The focus of this work is the study of the functional impairment of respiratory and cardiovascular systems after spinal cord injury and the effects of new rehabilitative strategies.

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Key Publications:

Ditterline BE, Aslan SC, Randall DC, Harkema SJ, Ovechkin AV. (2016) Baroreceptor reflex during forced expiratory maneuvers in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2016; 229:65-70. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2016.04.006. NIHMSID: 784743; PMID: 27137412.

Aslan SC, Randall DC, Krassioukov AV, Phillips A, Ovechkin AV. (2016) Respiratory training improves blood pressure regulation in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 97 (2016), 964-973; doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.11.018, PMID: 26718236.

Ovechkin AV, Sayenko DG, Ovechkina EN, Aslan SC, Pitts T, Folz RJ. (2016) Respiratory motor training and neuromuscular plasticity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A pilot study. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2016; 229:59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2016.04.003. NIHMSID: 784364; PMID: 27137413.

Terson de Paleville D, Sayenko D, Aslan S, Folz R, McKay W, Ovechkin A. (2014) Respiratory motor function in seated and supine positions in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 203 (2014), 9-14. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2014.08.013, NIHMSID: 622501, PMID: 25169115.

Aslan SC, Chopra MK, McKay WB, Folz RJ, Ovechkin AV. (2013) Evaluation of Respiratory Muscle Activation Using Respiratory Motor Control Assessment (RMCA) in Individuals with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury. J Vis Exp. 2013;77(e50178):1-10. Epub July 2013. doi: 10.3791/50178, NIHSID: NIHMS456514. PMID: 23912611.

Nitzken M, Bajaj N, Aslan S, Gimel'farb G, El-Baz A, Ovechkin A. (2013) Local Wavelet-Based Filtering of Electromyographic Signals to Eliminate the Electrocardiographic-Induced Artifacts in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury. J Biomed Sci Eng. 2013;6(7B), PMCID: PMC3845519.

Terson de Paleville D, McKay W, Aslan S, Folz R, Sayenko D, Ovechkin A. (2013) Locomotor step training with body weight support improves respiratory motor function in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 189 (2013) 491–497, PMID: 23999001.

Ovechkin AV, Vitaz TW, Terson de Paleville DGL and McKay WB (2013) Quality of residual neuromuscular control and functional deficits in patients with spinal cord injury. Front. Neurol. 4(174), 1-8. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2013.00174, PMID: 3819596.

Terson de Paleville DG, McKay WB, Folz RJ, Ovechkin AV. (2011) Respiratory Motor Control Disrupted by Spinal Cord Injury: Mechanisms, Evaluation, and Restoration. Transl Stroke Res. 2011, Dec 1;2(4):463-73. PMID: 22408690.

Ovechkin A, Vitaz T, Terson de Paleville DGL, Aslan S, McKay W. (2010) Evaluation of respiratory muscle activation in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Respir. Physiol. Neurobiol., 173(2): 171–178, 2010. PMID: 20692382

Ovechkin A, Lominadze D, Sedoris K, Robertson T, Roberts A. (2007) Lung ischemia-reperfusion injury: implications of oxidative stress and platelet-arteriolar wall interactions. Arch Physiol Biochem. Feb;113(1):1-12. PMCID: 17522980

Ovechkin A, Tyagi N, Roberts M, Steed M, Moshal K, Tyagi S. (2006) 3-Deazaadenosine prevents arterial hypertension and aortic remodeling in hyperhomocysteinemic mice. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. Nov;291(5):L905-11. PMCID: 16815886

Ovechkin A, Tvagi N, Rodriguez W, Hayden M, Moshal KS, Tyagi SC. (2005) Role of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in endothelial apoptosis in chronic heart failure. J Appl Physiol 99(6):2398-405. PMCID: 16081621.

Ovechkin A, Lominadze D., Sedoris K., Gozal E., Robinson T., Roberts A. (2005) Inhibition of Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase attenuates platelet adhesion in subpleural arterioles caused by lung Ischemia-reperfusion in rabbits. J Appl Physiol. 99:2423-2432. PMCID: 16037396