Floyd J. Thompson, PhD
Basic Science Mentor
Department of Physiological Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Research Career Scientist
VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence
Floyd J. Thompson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physiological Sciences and a Research Career Scientist in the VA Brain Rehabilitation Resesearch Center of Excellence in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Thompson’s research focuses on the pathophysiology of spasticity following nervous system injury. He studies fundamental mechanisms that regulate spinal motor systems, how these are altered by brain or spinal cord injury, and how these relate to therapeutic strategies to enhance locomotor recovery. Spasticity is often one of the most difficult problems that encumbers the care and lifestyle of individuals following nervous system injury. Dr. Thompson has developed laboratory models to quantitate spasticity and identify changes in the neurobiology of reflex excitability in rats following midthoracic spinal cord contusion injury and, recently, controlled cerebral cortical contusion injury. His studies have identified issues relative to the nature, magnitude, and time course of changes in basic mechanisms that regulate reflex excitability and spasticity. He is also evaluating the efficacy of two rehabilitation interventions, bicycle and treadmill locomotor training, to reduce spasticity following spinal cord injury. Dr. Thompson’s research is supported by grants from NINDS and Paralysis Veterans of America. Dr. Thompson previously co-directed the Neuromuscular Plasticity Noons seminar series.