Neurology and Physiology
Dr. Tansey is the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research at Shepherd Center and is appointed to the Departments of Neurology and Physiology at Emory University School of Medicine and to the Spinal Cord Injury Clinic at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He is board certified in Neurology and Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. Dr. Tansey served as a Fellow for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation and he now serves on the Board of Directors for the American Spinal Injury Association, the American Society for Neurorehabilitation, and the International Society for Restorative Neurology. He has won several research and teaching awards.
Dr. Tansey is interested in neural plasticity and recovery that leads to functional restoration after spinal cord injury and how those processes could be facilitated. He is specifically interested in neural circuits for motor functions like locomotion, but also neural circuits related to pain and autonomic nervous system function. He is working to combine interventions like activity based therapies and robotics with electrical stimulation, pharmacology, and even cellular transplantation to improve neural recovery after injury. Dr. Tansey has combined animal model and human research across his labs at Emory and Shepherd Center to gain better insight into these questions and to more rapidly translate basic science research ideas into clinical studies.