Dr. Forgione’s work is aimed at promoting repair and regeneration following cervical (neck) spinal cord injury (SCI) by studying stem cell based therapies in animal models of SCI. Dr. Forgione holds a 2015 Toronto Western Research Institute Post Doctoral Fellowship. Her goal for this research fellowship is to use a novel model of mouse cervical SCI to test the ability of neural stem cells to improve hand and arm function. Dr. Forgione’s work on the rat model of cervical SCI has been published in the recent paper:
Forgione, N., Karadimas, S.K., Foltz, W.D., Satkunendrarajah, K, Lip, A., Fehlings, M.G. (2014) Bilateral Contusion-Compression Model of Incomplete Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Journal of Neurotrauma 1;31(21):1776-88.
Nicole completed doctoral studies at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Vince Tropepe. In her PhD work she used developmental and molecular biology approaches to understand basic mechanisms involved in Parkinson’s disease. Outside of the lab Nicole is an avid runner, and maintains an active yoga practice.
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