Friday, December 2 at 10:00am
Willie and Donald Tykeson Hall, 140
1030 E 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
"The Two Gs of Personalized Medicine After Spinal Cord Injury: Genetics and the Gut Microbiome"
Dr. Warren J. Alilain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine, and his laboratory is a part of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at San Diego. Following this he was a research assistant at the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in San Diego where he was first exposed to the fields of neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury (SCI). For his graduate and postdoctoral work, he trained with the leading experts, Drs. Harry Goshgarian and Jerry Silver, and focused on rodent models of cervical SCI, the resulting respiratory motor deficits, and the therapeutic potential of plasticity and axonal regeneration.
Dr. Alilain has continued these lines of investigations in his own laboratory which he started in 2011 at MetroHealth Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015, he moved his laboratory to UK. In addition to cervical SCI, his research interests include neural plasticity in both injury and learning models, the therapeutic potential of stem cells, and functional electrical stimulation. Dr. Alilain’s approach towards exploring strategies to restore function after SCI is through first developing a pre-clinical animal model which closely reflects the human clinical population. This includes the use of cervical contusion injuries, chronic injured animals, and “humanized” rodents in order to develop personalized therapeutic interventions.
Over his career, Dr. Alilain has trained and supervised over 30 trainees ranging from high school students to clinical fellows. He is currently Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Neuroscience. Dr. Alilain has reviewed for 20+ scientific journals and a number of federal and private funding agencies including the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, the VA, and the Department of Defense. He is currently a committee member on the Research Committee of the American Spinal Injury Association. Lastly, he founded and created an online SCI seminar series now known as the International Online SCI Research Seminars (@IOSCIRS): www.ioscirs.com during the COVID-19 pandemic.