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 will focus 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 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


Phillip Popovich, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Neuroimmunology, Pathophysiology of spinal cord injury

Dana McTigue, PhD

  • Department of Neuroscience Spinal cord injury, metabolic disease, myelination, fatty liver disease

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 View lab