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Michelle Hook, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics

Michelle Hook, PhD: TeamMember

Areas of Interest:

  • Effects of opioids on lesion size and recovery after spinal cord injury

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Depression following spinal cord injury

  • Addiction following injury

  • Inflammation and bone loss after spinal injury


32 on SCI (out of 46) peer-reviewed papers in the area of SCI (h-index: 22)

Recent publications:

Maldonado-Bouchard, S., Peters, K., Woller, S.A., Madahiaz, B., Faghihi, U., Patel, S., Bake, S., Hook, M.A. (2016) Inflammation is Increased with Anxiety- And Depression-Like Signs in a Rat Model of Spinal Cord Injury.Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 51: 176-195.

Aceves, M., Bancroft, E.A., Aceves, A.R., and Hook, M.A. (2017). NorBNI Blocks the Adverse Effects of Morphine Following Spinal Cord Injury. J Neurotrauma, 34(6):1164-1174. 

Hook, M.A., Woller, S.A., Aceves, M., Bancroft, E., Funk, M.K., Hartman, J., Garraway, S. (2017). Neurobiological consequences of morphine following spinal cord injury.  J Neurotrauma, 34(3):632-644.


Department of Defense (CDMRP), “Derivation of the Mechanisms Mediating the Adverse Effects of Morphine in a Rodent Model of SCI: Functional Recovery and Neuron Loss”, 9/7/2017-9/6/2020, $737,336

Gillson-Longenbaugh Foundation, “Psychological Wellbeing in a Rodent Model of Spinal Cord Injury,” 8/1/2017-7/31/2018, $20,000

Mission Connect, “Functional Consequences Of Acute Opioid Use In Traumatic SCI Patients,” 7/12/2016-6/12/2018, $59,646

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, “How and when does peripheral input affect recovery after SCI?”, Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS) Award, 12/31/14-12/30/17, $155,344.

Past support in area of SCI as PI (since 2006): $1,544,872; as coI: $3,018,104

Trainees in SCI:

Sarah Woller (Ph.D. 2013; current: post-doctoral Fellow, UCSD)

Sioui Maldonado (Ph.D. 2014; current: medical Student, University of Montreal Medical School)

Miriam Aceves (Ph.D. 2017; current: post-doctoral Fellow, TAMU)

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