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Karim Fouad, PhD


Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Therapy

About Me

Scientific Career:

2018-present: Co-Director, Open Data Commons for Spinal Cord Injury

2016-2023: Canada Research Chair for Spinal Cord Injury (Tier1)

2015-2017: Co-Director, Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute

2008-present: Full Professor

2007-2014: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, Senior Scholar 

2007-2008: Associate Professor, Alberta Heritage Foundation Senior Scholar 

2005-2007: Associate Professor, Alberta Heritage Foundation Scholar 

2001-2005: Assistant Professor, Alberta Heritage Foundation Scholar 

                    Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 

1997-2001: Research Associate, Brain Research Institute, University and ETH Zürich, 

1995-1997: Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Alberta

1995: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Life Sciences, Ben-Gurion University, Israel 

1991-1995: Ph.D. (Neuroscience), University of Konstanz, Germany 

1986-1991: Diploma (Biology), University of Konstanz, Germany 


2017-2022: Grant from the Canadian Institute for Health Research

2017-2018: Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Research Support Fund 

2016-2019: Grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation with Ian Winship as Co Applicant

2016-2021: Co-PI on Grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH)

2015-2016: Grant from Conquer Paralysis Now

2015-2017: Grant from Wings for Life (Austria)

2014: Equipment grant from the Alberta Paraplegic Foundation

2013-2018: Co-PI on grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research 

2012-2015: Grant from the International Spinal Research Trust (UK)

2012-2017: Two grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research 

2012: Equipment grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation


Dr. Fouad's research focuses on the promotion of functional recovery after spinal cord injuries by increasing the regenerative and plastic capabilities of the central nervous system.


Karim Fouad, PhD, is a graduate supervisor at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.