Dr. David Cadotte completed medical school and is currently a resident in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. He is concurrently enrolled in the PhD program at the Institute of Medical Science and the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Cadotte completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario with an emphasis on protein biochemistry. He later applied this knowledge by using immunohistochemistry techniques to study plasticity within the hippocampus and the effects of lithium on mossy fiber sprouting, obtaining a Masters of Science degree under the supervision of Dr. L.T. Young at McMaster University.
Dr. Cadotte joined the Fehlings group in 2009 with an interest in functional imaging of the human spinal cord. This work aims to utilize advanced imaging techniques to map anatomical and functional circuits of the human spinal cord. By understanding the imaging characteristics of these circuits it will be possible to provide an objective measurement of sensory perception and motor ability. The ultimate goal is to translate the use of these techniques into clinical practice whereby physicians and surgeons caring for spinal cord injury patients can use this information to make informed decisions about the efficacy of certain medical or surgical therapeutics aimed at improving functional recovery.