Floyd J. Thompson, Ph.D.
|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|
|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
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.