Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD
Director, Translational Neurotrauma Research Program

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Brief Bio

Jonathan Lifshitz, PhD serves as the Director of the Translational Neurotrauma Research Program as a joint venture through BARROW Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix and Phoenix Veterans Administration Healthcare System.

He received a BS in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. After NRSA-funded post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Commonwealth University, in 2007 he joined the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC) at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor in Anatomy and Neurobiology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In 2012, he was recruited to direct Translational Neurotrauma Research in Phoenix. The research program investigates traumatic brain injury, among other acute neurological injuries, as a series of events that dismantle circuits in the brain and in response repair those injured circuits. Unfortunately, repair occurs without the elegant sequence of events found in development and consequently disorganized circuits form. Disorganized circuits form the basis for neurological conditions associated with brain injury, such as sensory sensitivity, endocrine dysfunction, seizure susceptibility and balance incoordination. Ongoing investigations identify mechanisms (e.g. inflammation, synaptogenesis, neuropathology) and evaluate restorative and regenerative treatments to improve outcome.

The Translational Neurotrauma Research Program is supported by Federal extramural grants, institutional funds, and philanthropic donations. Dr. Lifshitz serves on the Governor’s Council on Spinal and Head Injury, Chair of the Scientific Board for the Johnny O Foundation, and Scientific Advisor for the Cactis Foundation. He is the Vice-President elect for the National Neurotrauma Society, served on the Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service Scientific Merit Review Board of the VA, and is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and Society for Neuroscience.