David Bennett

Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Neuroscience & Mental Health Institute (NMHI)


Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry - Neuroscience & Mental Health Institute (NMHI)
(780) 492-1516
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. 526 Heritage Medical Research Centre
11207 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2S2




  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. (Neuroscience), June 1990
  • McGill University, Honours B.Eng. (Electrical Engineering), May 1984

Academic and Research Experience

  • 2004 - present: Professor, Neuroscience and Mental Health Institutue (NMHI), Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
  • 1996 - 2014: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Scientist.
  • 2009, 2004: Barbara Turnbull Award for Spinal Cord Research (CIHR, NeuroScience Canada). 
  • 2001- 2004: Associate Professor, Centre for Neuroscience, Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
  • 1996-2001: Assistant Professor, Division of Neuroscience, Rehab. Medicine, Univ. of Alberta
  • 1996-present: Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta
  • 1994-95: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurophysiology, University of Copenhagen with Dr. H. Hultborn
  • 1992-94: Postdoctoral Fellow, Physiology, University of Alberta with Drs. R.B. Stein and A. Prochazka
  • 1990-92: Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Drs. E. Bizzi and C. Atkeson


Dr. Bennett’s laboratory examines the spinal cord after injury, with the objective of trying to understand and enhance recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury. Using humans and animal models of spinal cord injury, his group examines changes in channels and receptors in neurons that control muscles below the injury, and examines optogenetic and pharmacological methods to compensate for loss of injured neurons and connections. The results are directly applicable to promoting recovery of walking function and treatment of unwanted spasticity in humans after spinal cord injury. 


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Scholarly Activities

Research - Research in the Bennett lab. Click link below.

http://www.rehabresearch.ualberta.ca/spinalcordresearch/dave-bennett">Lab web site See details on Bennett lab

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