Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Director, Landon Center on Aging
Biomechanics & Neural Engineering
Biomedical Product Design & Development
Neural Mechanisms of Recovery after Brain Injury
implantable Devices for Brain Plasticity
Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. is Professor & Vice Chair of Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Director of the Landon Center on Aging. As Director of the Landon Center on Aging, Dr. Nudo is responsible for fiscal management of the Center on Aging, coordination of interdisciplinary education, research and service activities, and the development of new programs devoted to the health and well-being of older Kansans.
Current Research Funding
Dr. Nudo's Cortical Plasticity Laboratory focuses on understanding the brain's self-repair capacity after injury, and developing novel therapeutic approaches based on neuroscientific principles. Dr. Nudo is Principal Investigator on an NIH funded project to study neural mechanisms of functional recovery after stroke. This grant has had continuous funding since 1993. Due to the cutting-edge nature of this research and the potential implications for future stroke treatments, Dr. Nudo was selected by the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke for the prestigious Javits Investigator Award in Neuroscience. He is also collaborating with electrical engineers at Case Western Reserve University on a grant from the Department of Defense to develop implantable electronic microdevices to repair pathways in the brain after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Nudo serves as co-Investigator on a project to develop neural interfaces to alleviate disability after spinal cord injury.
Dr. Nudo serves on the board of directors of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. He is Deputy Editor of the journal Brain Stimulation, and Associate Editor of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. He is on the editorial boards of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. He has served on several NIH study sections, reviews grant proposals for the Veterans Administration and several international government and foundation funding agencies. He is a frequent reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience, Stroke, Science, Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flood and Metabolism and many other leading journals in neuroscience and neurology. He has also served on several national advisory boards to NIH, academic institutions, and national scientific societies. He was a major contributor to the NIH Stroke Progress Review Group that outlined the stroke research agenda for the coming decade.
Awards and Honors
Dr. Nudo has been the recipient of an Established Investigatorship and a Bugher Award from the American Heart Association. He currently holds the Javits Investigator Award from NIH. He has presented the Lillian Pollard Memorial Lectureship at the University of Toronto, the Louis E. Alley Memorial Lecture at the University of Iowa, the Grass Foundation Lecture at Emory University, the Michael Barnes Lecture at the World Congress of NeuroRehabilitation, and several other keynote addresses at national and international meetings. He received the annual Doctoral Graduate Award of Distinction by the Program in Neuroscience at Florida State University in 2000, and by the Department of Psychology in 2009. His research published in Science was cited as one of the top 100 science stories of 1996 by Discovery magazine. Dr. Nudo was honored by the University of Kansas in 2007 with the Chancellor's Club Research Award. This award honors a KU Medical Center researcher whose work has led to significant scientific discoveries. More recently, Dr. Nudo received the Outstanding Neurorehabilitation Clinician Scientist Award by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation in 2011, and was inducted into the Laurel Highlands School District Life Achievement Hall of Fame in 2012.
After receiving a doctoral degree in psychology, Dr. Nudo received postdoctoral training in physiology at the University of California at San Francisco. Prior to joining the University of Kansas Medical Center, Dr. Nudo was a faculty member of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where he was associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.
Primary Research Interests
Dr. Nudo's research focuses on translating basic science research into more effective clinical interventions for neurological disorders that accompany aging. He is recognized internationally for his work on the effects of rehabilitative training on functional plasticity after stroke, and is a frequent speaker at national and international symposia on stroke, neurology, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Among over 100 publications, Nudo has published his work in Science, The Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Progress in Brain Research, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Journal of Neurophysiology, Stroke, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Cerebral Cortex, Current Opinions in Neurobiology, Nature Medicine, Somatosensory and Motor Research, Neurology Report, Brain Behavior and Evolution, Molecular Psychiatry, Neuropharmacology, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Journal of Neurorehabilitation, Journal of Neurotrauma, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Communication Disorders, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, ILAR Journal, Muscle and Nerve, Revue Neurologique, NeuroRx, Brain Research, Behavioral Brain Research, Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Neurological Research, Journal of Biophramacological Statistics, Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, Experimental Brain Research, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neurological Research, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America.