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Floyd J. Thompson, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Education:

1968 BA (Zoology) Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
1971 PhD (Physiology) Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
1971-1972 Postdoctoral Fellowship Department of Physiology, New York Medical College, New York, NY

Professional Experience

1972-1974 Research Associate, The Rockefeller University, New York
1974-1983 Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida
1983-2004 Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida
2005-2009 Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida
July 31, 2009 Retired as Professor Emeritus
2008 – present VA RR&D Investigator, Translational Rehabilitation Research Initiative Health Science Specialist, BRRC
Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida

Research Focus:

Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on the pathophysiology of spasticity following nervous system injury. He studies fundamental mechanisms that regulate spinal motor systems, how these are altered by brain or spinal cord injury, and how these relate to therapeutic strategies to enhance locomotor recovery. Spasticity is often one of the most difficult problems that encumbers the care and lifestyle of individuals following nervous system injury. Dr. Thompson has developed laboratory models to quantitate spasticity and identify changes in the neurobiology of reflex excitability in rats following midthoracic spinal cord contusion injury and, recently, controlled cerebral cortical contusion injury. His studies have identified issues relative to the nature, magnitude, and time course of changes in basic mechanisms that regulate reflex excitability and spasticity. He is also evaluating the efficacy of two rehabilitation interventions, bicycle and treadmill locomotor training, to reduce spasticity following spinal cord injury.

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