Laser Therapy & Nerve Regeneration
Prof. Juanita Anders
Juanita Anders is currently an associate professor in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics at the Uniformed Services University, with a secondary appointment in the Neuroscience Program. She is also the director of the Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics graduate program. Dr. Anders is currently also the USUHS liaison for JIDRH (more info coming soon), the collaboration between the FDA's Institute of Devices and Radiological Health and USUHS. Beyond the University, Dr. Anders is well known in the laser research field, and is currently the president of the North American Association for Laser Therapy and a founding member and website coordinator of the International Academy of Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Kimberly Byrnes, Ph.D.
Kimberly is a post-doctoral fellow at USUHS. Kim graduated with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the USUHS in 2003 and a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Her dissertation work in Dr. Anders' laboratory was on the use of low power laser irradiation in treatment of spinal cord injury. During her time in Dr. Anders' lab, Kim has been awarded the Student Summer Research Fellowship from the ASLMS twice, two Neuroscience Program Fellowships for CNS Trauma research, an ANDP Fellowship, and a Society For Neuroscience Travel Fellowship. She has just received a Henry M. Jackson Foundation Fellowship for her final year of study at USUHS.
Read her most recent paper: Light Promotes Regeneration and Functional Recovery and Alters the Immune Response After Spinal Cord Injury [published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine].
James Carroll [THOR Laser], Juanita Anders,
Margaret Naeser, and Julian Winer
The Anders Laboratory
Current research activities include:
1. A multi-treatment approach to enhance regeneration of the corticospinal tract and restore corticospinal tract function after acute spinal cord injury in adult rats. Combined treatments include olfactory ensheathing cell transplantation and application of a synthetic glucocorticoid steroid, methylprednisolone.
2. The use of low power laser irradiation (LPLI) to promote regeneration of acutely transected corticospinal tract axons. The regeneration of corticospinal tract axons through and beyond the lesion site is determined quantitatively and reinnervation of the target tissue is determined by behavioral testing.
3. A number of research projects are underway on an animal model of type II diabetes, the Fat Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus). These projects include: the characterization of peripheral diabetic neuropathy in this animal model, the use of Optical Coherence Tomography (a novel non-invasive imaging technique), to observe changes that occur in cutaneous nerves and microvessels during the development of diabetes induced peripheral neuropathy, and use of LPLI as a therapy for impaired wound healing in the diabetic animal.