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David Bennett

Professor & AHFMR Scientist

Rehabilitation Medicine

About Me


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. (Neuroscience), June 1990
  • McGill University, Honours B.Eng. (Electrical Engineering), May 1984

Academic and Research Experience

  • 2004 - present: Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
  • 1996 - 2014: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Scientist.
  • 2009, 2004: Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research (CIHR, NeuroScience Canada). 
  • 2001- 2004: Associate Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
  • 1996-2001: Assistant Professor, Division of Neuroscience, Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
  • 1996-present: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 1994-95: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurophysiology, University of Copenhagen with Dr. H. Hultborn
  • 1992-94: Postdoctoral Fellow, Physiology, University of Alberta with Drs. R.B. Stein and A. Prochazka
  • 1990-92: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Drs. E. Bizzi and C. Atkeson


Dr. Bennett’s research examines the spontaneous changes that occur in neurons below a spinal cord injury, with the objective of trying to understand and enhance recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury. Using animal models of spinal cord injury, his group examines changes in channels and receptors in neurons that control muscles below the injury, and examines pharmacological methods to compensate for loss of injured neurons and connections. The results are directly applicable to promoting recovery of locomotor function and treatment of unwanted spasticity in humans after spinal cord injury.