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Dr. DJ Cook
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Research Interests: 
  • Neurological dysfunction related to the autonomic system and vascular regulation
  • Chronic ischemic neurologic function and recovery

Faculty Bio

Dr. D.J. Cook is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery and member of the Centre for Neuroscience Studies at Queen's University. He completed his MD, PhD and residency at the University of Toronto and undertook fellowship training at Stanford University in Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery.  

Research Interests

Dr. Cook’s research program is primarily concerned with understanding the disruption of network dynamics and physiology following neurological injury and in the process of recovery. His lab utilizes non-human primate models of stroke and human models of traumatic brain injury. Multimodality MRI markers of physiology, network connectivity and structural integrity are integrated to provide a complete assessment of brain health and focal deficits.  In addition, neurobehavioural outcome measures using the KINARM robot are collected in both species.  This platform is ideally suited to translational studies in stroke and TBI by providing relevant models to assess novel pharmacotherapy, devices and other treatments for acute stroke, chronic stroke recovery and TBI.  The Cook lab has multiple industry, academic and military collaborations related to stroke and TBI therapy.  The lab is funded through multiple grants including CFI, CIHR, NSERC, CHRP, OCE, OBI, Brain Canada and the NIH.

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