Neural Control of Organ Degeneration and Regeneration (NeuralCODR)

Neural CODR program diagram
Neural activity directly controls the development and homeostasis—the ability to maintain stability in spite of changes—of organ function. However, there is a significant lack of collaboration between laboratories focused on vascular, gastrointestinal, immune, and musculoskeletal systems and those focused on neurophysiology, neuromodulation, and neural injury. Classical academic research department structures are typically system or organ based, which contributes to a physical separation for collaboration and training. Hence, our understanding of how the central nervous system communicates with end organs throughout the body is in its infancy.

Neural Control of Organ Degeneration and Regeneration (NeuralCODR) is a cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary training program at the intersection of neurophysiology and organ engineering/modeling with a thoughtful integration of statistical methodology and experimental design. NeuralCODR brings together expert National Institutes of Health-funded faculty across multiple institutions with a rich history of research training, clinical modeling, and education. The training format is distinct from established physiology or molecular neuroscience training programs in several ways:

  1. Programs are strategically focused on the interface between regeneration/disease organ model systems and functional neuroanatomy and physiology,
  2. Group problem identification is driven by a collaborative group of clinician researchers,
  3. Catalytic mechanisms exist for cross training and expertise development between research centers.

Further, the training structure emphasizes experiences in tissue and organ engineering laboratories in parallel with education in neuromodulation, translational theory, and practice.

Program Contact

Dee Woodson, MBA
Program Manager
Center for Neuroregeneration

6670 Bertner Avenue
Houston, TX 77030
Office: 713.363.9910