Juanita J. Anders, Ph.D.
- Ph.D., University of Maryland Medical School, 1977
Neurobiology of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury and Peripheral Neuropathy; Low Power Laser Irradiation as a Therapy for Nerve Injury
Dr. Anders' current research activities include:
- A multi-treatment approach to enhance regeneration of the corticospinal tract and restore corticospinal tract function after acute spinal cord injury in adult rats. Combined treatments include olfactory ensheathing cell transplantation and application of a synthetic glucocorticoid steroid, methylprednisolone.
- The use of low power laser irradiation (LPLI) to promote regeneration of acutely transected corticospinal tract axons. The regeneration of corticospinal tract axons through and beyond the lesion site is determined quantitatively and reinnervation of the target tissue is determined by behavioral testing.
- A number of research projects are underway on an animal model of type II diabetes, the Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus). These projects include: the characterization of peripheral diabetic neuropathy in this animal model, the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (a novel non-invasive imaging technique), to observe changes that occur in cutaneous nerves and microvessels during the development of diabetes induced peripheral neuropathy, and use of LPLI as a therapy for impaired wound healing in the diabetic animal.
For more information about Dr. Anders' work, visit the Anders Laboratory Web Page.
Byrnes, K.R., T. Clarke, V. M. Chenault, R. Waynant, J. J. Anders. Low power laser irradiation as a therapy for cutaneous wound healing in an animal model of type II diabetes. Lasers Surg. and Med. 2000 (submitted).
Byrnes, K.R., R. Waynant, L.K. Ilev, J.J. Anders. Low power laser irradiation promotes axonal growth in an animal model of acute spinal cord injury. Lasers Surg. and Med. 2000 (submitted).
Nash, H.H., R.C. Borke and J.J. Anders. Immunochemical characterization of ensheathing cells in the adult olfactory bulb and in primary cultures established by a new method of purification. Glia. 2000 (submitted).