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Katie Gant, Ph.D.

Director of Education and Outreach

Katie Gant, Ph.D. took over as Director of Education and Outreach in March, 2018.

Katie Gant, Ph.D.
Katie Gant, Ph.D.

Dr. Gant studied biomedical engineering at Tulane University, where she received her Master of Science in Engineering and Bachelor of Science degrees.  While taking a design course as an undergraduate student, she became interested in developing devices that expand accessibility for wheelchair users.  This led her to work on numerous projects during her time at Tulane that focused on various aspects of living with paralysis.

She joined the neuromuscular physiology laboratory at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 2007.  She studied the properties of paralyzed muscles following spinal cord injury using electrophysiological techniques in humans and animal models. Her research aimed to understand the mechanisms contributing to spasticity and develop techniques for reducing the duration and/or intensity of muscle spasms that produce clinically meaningful improvements.

This inspired her to explore methods for controlling paralyzed muscles using functional electrical stimulation, driven by natural control signals generated in the brain.  As a graduate student, her work in brain-computer interfaces focused on restoring control of hand movements to people with cervical-level spinal cord injury, the highest priority for that population. She received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from The University of Miami.

That translational work sparked her interest in clinical trials, and Dr. Gant has been involved in numerous investigator-initiated and industry-sponsored clinical trials at The Miami Project. For the Schwann cell clinical trial, she performs clinical assessments, oversees the daily activities, and is responsible for regulatory compliance.

Over the years, Dr. Gant’s interactions with SCI community members have directed her research interests and motivated her to further engage consumers in the research process. Her new role as the Director of Education and Outreach will allow her to further encourage interactions between clinicians, researchers, and the SCI community to ensure that our scientific efforts translate to meaningful improvements.

CONTACT DETAILS

Katie Gant, Ph.D

  • The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
    1095 NW 14th Terrace (R-48)
    Miami, FL  33136
  • kgant@miami.edu
  • (305) 243-7108
  • (305) 243-3913

 

 

INFORMATION

PUBLICATIONS

 

EEG-controlled functional electrical stimulation for hand opening and closing in chronic complete cervical spinal cord injury

 

For any inquiries about the clinical research programs at The Miami Project, please contact the Education Department at 305-243-7108 or mpinfo@med.miami.edu.

 

Kim Anderson, Ph.D., the Director from 2010 to February, 2018 has joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve as Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth System, in Cleveland, Ohio.