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Scientific Advisory Board

The newly launched Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Scientific Advisory Board – comprised of senior and junior investigators from across the globe and in numerous scientific sectors – serves as a sounding board for the Foundation, offering innovative ideas and honest feedback as we search for the most promising research and development opportunities that will provide the greatest impact for community members. 

Ona Bloom, Ph.D.

Chet Moritz, Ph.D.

Hwang Endowed Professor, University of Washington

Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Physiology & Biophysics

Joanna Stanicka, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

Axonis Therapeutics, Inc.

Ona Bloom, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Medicine

The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research; Northwell Health; Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Armin Curt, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.

Professor and Chairman, Ordinarius for Paraplegiology

Balgrist University Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Center, Zurich

Cristin Welle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Physiology & Biophysics

University of Colorado School of Medicine

James Guest, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Neurological Surgery

Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in Miami, FL

Rex Marco, M.D.

Professor and Chief of Spine Surgery and Musculoskeletal Oncology

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston


We live in a time when the words impossible and unsolvable are no longer part of the scientific community’s vocabulary.

Christopher Reeve

Meet Our Scientific Advisory Board

Armin Curt, M.D.

June 21, 2023

“When patients recover function unexpectedly, well, those are always the best days,” Curt says.

Cristin Welle, Ph.D.

April 27, 2023

Her parents encouraged her to pursue her passions, and from an early age, Welle was fascinated with the brain.

Ona Bloom, Ph.D.

February 23, 2023

Ona Bloom, from studying the lamprey to trying to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury.

James Guest, M.D., Ph.D.

April 12, 2023

“Each technological advance helps us to do things a little better. It reminds us that we have much more to work with than we used to believe,” Guest says.

Joanna Stanicka, Ph.D.

February 20, 2023

Under Dr. Stanicka’s leadership, efforts are underway to develop a new oral drug for people with SCI that helps restore function and reduce pain and spasticity.

Chet Moritz, Ph.D.

February 20, 2023

From the time Chet Moritz was a young boy, he was drawn to helping people with physical limitations. He attended a school in Seattle, WA, that accommodated children with disabilities.