Office: EC 3171
Fax: (305) 348-6954
Neural Engineering; rehabilitation; neuromodulation; Sensorimotor Integration; neural plasticity
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Dr. McPherson’s research attempts to elucidate fundamental neuropathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to motor and sensory impairments following injury to the central nervous system, with the ultimate goal of ameliorating the deleterious effects of these conditions. His research spans both pre-clinical (i.e., animal) and clinical (i.e., human) neural engineering and neuropathophysiology, and includes investigations of motor and sensory function before, during, and after neuroprosthetic, pharmacological, and physical therapy-based interventions.
Current efforts focus on leveraging the differential effects of brainstem neuromodulatory centers on spinal motor and sensory circuits to gain insights into the mechanisms underlying neurological impairments. Topics of particular interest within this area include:
- Pathologies: stroke, spinal cord injury, whiplash associated disorders, and chronic pain.
- Physiology: neuromodulation (chemical and electrical), cortical and spinal reorganization, function and integrity of motor and sensory pathways post-injury, and activity-dependent neural plasticity.
- Techniques: robotics/quantification of motor deficits, biophysical signal processing, recurrent neural-computer interfaces, neuropharmacology, physical therapy, electrical stimulation of the central nervous system, magnetic resonance imaging.