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Repair and Plasticity

Repair and Plasticity supports research in spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, recovery of function, plasticity of the nervous system, neural circuits that underlie specific behaviors, repair of the nervous system in injury and disease, stem cell biology, neural prosthesis, neuroengineering, and other means of repairing the nervous system in injury and disease.

Our Mission

  • To understand mechanisms of plasticity in the healthy nervous system and explore implications for repair.
  • To develop interventions to modify the course of injury and disease progression and improve functional outcome in individuals following injury to the nervous system.
  • To understand the course of degeneration and repair following spinal cord injury and brain injury on timescales ranging from seconds to years.
  • To understand the role of endogenous neurogenesis as well as stem and progenitor cell biology in the development and repair of the nervous system.
  • To promote the development of neural prosthetic devices designed to restore function after neurological injury or disease.

Current Openings

New icon Vacancy Announcement:  Health Scientist Administrator for Repair and Plasticity Cluster

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Repair and Plasticity Program Staff

Scientific Staff

Research Area

Patrick SF Bellgowan, Ph.D.
Program Director
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), neuroimaging
Lyn Jakeman, Ph.D.
Program Director
Spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury and regeneration
Nick Langhals, Ph.D. 
Program Director
Neural engineering with emphases in neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, brain-computer interface (BCI) devices, prosthetic control, and neural interface technology development
Timothy LaVaute, Ph.D.
Acting Program Director
Stem cell biology
Felipe Aguel, Ph.D.
Program Director
neuroengineering, neuromodulation, neurovascular devices, clinical trials of medical devices, regulation of medical devices
Diana Cummings, Ph.D.
Program Analyst
Matthew Raymond, Ph.D.
Program Analyst
Carol Taylor-Burds, PH.D.
Program Analyst
Shundel Stephenson
Program Assistant


Repair and Plasticity, NINDS
Neuroscience Center, Room 2209, MSC9525
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9525
Telephone: 301-496-1447
FAX: 301-480-1080