Richard L. Benton

University of Louisville, USA


Richard L. Benton, holds a Ph.D. degree and completed his graduate work at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 2000 in the Department of Cell Biology, with an emphasis in neuroscience. His graduate work was focused on understanding mechanisms of spinal amino acid neurotransmitter system (glutamate, glycine, and GABA) dysregulation in spinal cord injury (SCI). In 2001, he joined the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine where he focused on stem cell-based neuronal replacement following traumatic and ischemic SCI. Dr. Benton is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology and Neurological Surgery at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine. His current work focuses on understanding the roles of acute endothelial cell death and sub-acute microvascular plasticity in neuronal death and dysfunction following SCI. His areas of expertise include spinal microvascular anatomy and physiology, CNS endothelial cell isolation and culture, SCI modeling, and molecular screening of endothelial cell plasticity. Dr. Benton is a regular manuscript referee for several journals including journal of neuroscience, journal of neurotrauma, experimental neurology, neuroimage, journal of comparative neurology, and PLoS ONE.

Biography Updated on 10 July 2012

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