Edward D. Hall, Ph.D.


Hall PhotoWilliam R. Markesbery, M.D. Chair in Neurotrauma Research

Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC)


Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurosurgery,

Neurology and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

University of Kentucky Medical Center

Dr. Edward D. Hall received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1976 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell University Medical College followed by his joining the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Pharmacology. He then moved to The Upjohn Company where he lead a drug discovery effort targeting acute neurological injury from 1982 to 1997 when he moved to Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research where he was Senior Director of Neurological Disorders discovery research until 2002. He then returned to academia at the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he was Director of the Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) until 2012. He currently holds the William R. Markesbery, M.D. Chair in Neurotrauma Research. Dr. Hall is an authority on the pathophysiology of acute neurological injury, particularly the role of reactive oxygen mechanisms, and the design and development of antioxidant neuroprotective drugs. He played a leading role in the discovery and development of high dose methylprednisolone therapy for acute spinal cord injury as well as the neuroprotective drug tirilazad (Freedox). Dr. Hall is a Section Editor for the Journal of Neurotrauma and one of the founders of the National Neurotrauma Society and served as President from 2007-2008.


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