Improving outcomes for patients worldwide

The Belford Center for Spinal Cord Injury advances scientific research that will improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries. This center is focused on the treatment of spinal cord injuries as a systemic disease to reduce the onset or impact of complications associated with spinal cord injury, including diabetes, inflammation or infectious, metabolic and cardiovascular diseases and other medical complications.

Spinal cord injury researchers Phillip Popovich, PhD, Dana McTigue, PhD and Jan Schwab, MD, PhD and Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD lead the center, which focuses on novel approaches in medical research, patient care, education and training to redefine spinal cord injury care.

About The Belford Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury does more than just affect patients’ ability to move – it can cause problems for their immune system, meaning simple infections could lead to an earlier death. The Belford Center for Spinal Cord Injury at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center seeks to solve that problem through science

Our Leaders

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Dana McTigue, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience
    Spinal cord injury, metabolic disease, myelination, fatty liver disease
    Research lab
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Jan Schwab, MD, PhD

  • Department of Neurology
    Spinal cord injury, Inflammation in the lesioned CNS, CNS on the immune system, Disease modifying factor hindering neurological recovery
    Research lab
Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD

Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD

  • Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuroscience, spinal cord injury, nutrition, rehabilitation and metabolism

Scientists at the Belford Center

Dr. Jodie Hall, PhD
Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Angela Filous, PhD
Department of Neurology

Dr. Kristina Kigerl, PhD
Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Jia Li, PhD
Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuroscience

Dr. Ana Dias, PhD
Belford Center for Spinal Cord Injury

Christina Lepak, MSc
Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Raquel Minarsch, PT, DPT, NCS, CCRP
Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuroscience

Dr. Matthew Farrow, PhD
Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neuroscience

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