Faculty

Raymond J. Grill, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: R715
(601) 815-1914
Email: rgrill@umc.edu

Research interests

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Current research

My current research focuses on deriving a better understanding of the acute-to-long term pathophysiologies that shape the environment of the spinal cord following trauma. Specifically, I am exploring the question of what makes the injured spinal cord so resistant to the development of effective treatments; designed to either preserve function when applied in the early phase of injury or restore function when treatment is delayed until the far chronic phase. Our studies have suggested that spinal cord injury creates an environment that shares similarities to many forms of cancer in which a type of chemotherapeutic resistance develops. Our studies have focused on attempting to better understand the mechanisms that drive this chemotherapeutic state in order to better prevent or suppress its occurrence. I am exploring similar questions in the area of traumatic brain injury and ALS.

Selected publications