Center for Neuroregeneration

Astrocytes | Center for Neuroregeneration | Houston Methodist
Our mission is to generate therapies for people who suffer from chronic paralysis and neurologic loss due to devastating injury, stroke or degenerative disease. The Center for Neuroregeneration is comprised of laboratories with expertise in neural stem cell biology, neural activity and stimulation, robotics, cell growth, myelin and the genetic regulation of plasticity. The Center for Neuroregeneration focuses on collaborative problem solving and bioengineering approaches that are incubated within our research laboratories but also through strategic partnerships with clinical and biotherapeutic entities. Signature projects include a focus on restoration of locomotor and sensory function through neural stimulation and promotion of innate regenerative capacity through cell and gene therapy. Researchers have also harnessed the tools of cell engineering to create human neural circuits within experimental microenvironments to better model disease and produce neural replacement parts for repair of the brain and spinal cord. 

Active research initiatives include neural regeneration strategies to address recovery from:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Head Injury
  • Glaucoma
  • Motor/cognitive decline associated with aging
Center Director
Philip Horner, PhD

Philip J. Horner, PhD
Scientific Director, Neuroregeneration
Co-Director, Regenerative & Restorative Neurosurgery
Vice Chairman-Research,Neurosurgery
Houston Methodist Research Institute

Center co-director

Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Director, Center for Regenerative and 
Restorative Neurosurgery
Co-Director, Neurosciences Research Program
Director, Neurological Institute

Center news

Robert Krencik, PhD, and Robert Rostomily, MD join the Center for Neuroregeneration. Dr. Krencik and Dr. Rostomily will lead the Astrocellular Therapeutics and Glioblastoma Research Labs respectively.


Center for Neuroregeneration investigative team of Dr. Phil Horner and Dr. Gavin Britz receive Translational Research Initiative Award to develop a device for brain stimulation induced molecular therapy. 

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Center for Neuroregeneration 
Houston Methodist Research Institute 
6670 Bertner Ave.
Houston, TX 77030 

Phone: 713.363.9724

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