Timothy Faw, PT, DPT, NCS
Advisor: D. Michele Basso
N220 Wiseman Hall
400 W. 12th Avenue
Areas of Expertise
- Neurotrauma, Neurological Disorders, & Gene Therapy
- BS in Exercise Science, Pfeiffer University
- Doctor of Physical Therapy, Duke University
Spinal cord injury is a costly condition that affects approximately 273,000 people in the United States. It typically affects young adults and is characterized by impairments in sensorimotor function that frequently result in significant losses in mobility. As a physical therapist, it has always been my goal to maximize functional outcomes in patients following spinal cord injury. It was this interest that brought me to The Neuroscience Graduate Program at The Ohio State University and the lab of D. Michele Basso, PT, EdD.
Previous research produced by the Basso Laboratory has provided the scientific basis for continued study into the ability of the lumbar spinal cord to participate in motor relearning and recovery. It has also given valuable insight into the mechanisms and conditions under which the spinal cord learns most effectively in response to task specific activity-based training. Our current focus is designed to examine the effects of cellular and physiological responses within the regions remote to the injury site in response to commonly delivered physical therapy interventions.
2017 - Mary Lou Barnes Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy
2017 - Pfeiffer University Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee (2004 Baseball Team), Pfeiffer University
Faw TD, Lerch JK, Thaxton TT, Deibert RJ, Fisher LC, Basso DM (2018). Unique sensory and motor behavior in Thy1-GFP-M mice before and after spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma, 35(18):2167-2182. https://doi:10.1089/neu.2017.5395.
Hansen CN, Norden DM, Faw TD, Deibert RJ, Wohleb ES, Sheridan JF, Godbout JP, Basso DM (2016). Lumbar myeloid cell trafficking into locomotor networks after thoracic spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol, 282. https://doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.05.019.
Hansen CN, Faw TD, White SE, Buford JA, Grau JW, Basso DM (2016). Sparing of descending axons rescues interneuron plasticity in the lumbar cord to allow adaptive learning after thoracic spinal cord injury. Front Neural Circuits, 10. https://doi:10.3389/fncir.2016.00011.
Faw TD, Kerr SD, Deibert RJ, Fisher LC, Basso DM. Atypical Sensorimotor Recovery in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Spinal Cord Injury. Abstract, The Ohio State University Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Symposium; Columbus, OH; May 27, 2015.
Faw TD, Kerr SD, Deibert RJ, Fisher LC, Basso DM. Atypical Sensorimotor Recovery in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Spinal Cord Injury. Abstract, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Trainee Research Day; Columbus, OH; Apr 15-16, 2015.
Faw TD, Hansen CN, Fisher LC, Kerr SD, Buford J, Basso DM. Cellular Changes Consistent with Spastiity Occur Within Lumbar Locomotor Networks Remote to Mid-thoracic Spinal Cord Injury. Abstract, Combined Sections Meeting, American Physical Therapy Association; Indianapolis, IN; Feb 7, 2015.
Faw TD, Hansen CN, Fisher LC, Kerr SD, Buford J, Basso DM. Morphological Changes and Neuronal Hyperactivity in Lumbar Locomotor Networks Remote to Mid-Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury. Abstract, Neuroscience 2014, Society for Neuroscience; Washington, DC; Nov 18, 2014.
OSUWMC Trainee Research Day, Columbus, OH; Mid-thoracic Spinal Cord Injury Results in Morphological Changes and Neuronal Hyperactivity in the Locomotor Networks of the Remote Lumbar Spinal Cord
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV; Diaphragm Pacing and Respiratory Outcomes in Three Individuals with Cervical Spinal Cord InjuriesAPTA Combined Sections Meeting, Las Vegas, NV; Use of a Body-Weight Support Treadmill in Conjunction with Progressive Overground Gait Training to Improve Gait Velocity and Endurance in a Patient with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease