Prof Michael Fehlings


Michael Fehlings

At the University of Toronto, Dr. Michael Fehlings is Vice Chair Research for the Department of Surgery, Co-Director of the Spine Program and a Professor of Neurosurgery.  As Head of the Spinal Program at Toronto Western Hospital, he combines an active clinical practice in complex spinal neurosurgery with a vibrant, translationally-oriented research program. This research focuses preclinically on translationally relevant models of spinal cord and brain injury, including developmental brain injury, and clinically on disorders of the spine/spinal cord. He has developed cervical and thoracic models of spinal cord injury to facilitate translational research. The lab is currently working with induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and neural stem cells (NSCs) with a focus on combinatorial therapies as the most likely way in which stem cells will ultimately be used in a clinical setting. Dr. Fehlings is currently involved in clinical trials of therapies including the sodium blocker, Riluzole, and the use of stem cells in spinal cord injury

With over 550 highly-cited publications, impacting clinical practice and research directions, he is established as a leading international expert investigating CNS repair and regeneration for brain and spinal cord injury.


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