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Our research is aimed at understanding autonomic consequences after spinal cord injury, particularly lower urinary tract and cardiovascular disorders. We first elucidate spinal neuronal mechanisms regulating autonomic adaptation, and then employ multiple approaches, such as cell transplantation and axon regeneration, to reconstitute disrupted neuronal pathways for autonomic functional recovery following spinal cord injury.


  • Intraspinal neuronal mechanisms regulating spontaneous micturition reflex after spinal cord injury
  • Transplantation of neural stem cells in the injured spinal cord to restore hemodynamics
  • Animal models for cardiac dysfunction following spinal cord injury 
  • Combining neural intrinsic and extrinsic manipulations for axon regeneration and target reinnervation

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Shaoping Hou, PhD

Shaoping Hou, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy