W. D. Dietrich

University of Miami, USA

W. D. Dietrich, III, holder of Ph.D. degree, is Scientific Director at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. degree in anatomy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1979 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA, 1981. Dr. Dietrich accepted the position of Scientific Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 1997 and is currently Professor of neurosurgery, neurology, and cell biology and anatomy. Research in Dr. Dietrich’s laboratory is focused on clarifying the pathophysiology of brain and spinal cord injury with the ultimate goal of developing new therapies to protect and enhance recovery of function. In terms of neuroprotection, he and his colleagues provided the initial preclinical data indicating that small differences in the temperature of the brain and spinal cord critically determine whether neurons die or not following an ischemic or traumatic injury. These preclinical studies of modest hypothermia have now been translated to the clinical arena, where patients are being cooled following strokes, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. Dr. Dietrich serves on study sections for NIH, Department of Defense, Veteran’s Administration, and several editorial boards. He is currently Editor-In-Chief of the Journal Therapeutic Hypothermia & Temperature Management and Deputy Editor of the Journal of Neurotrauma.

Biography Updated on 23 March 2011

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