Director Translational Research
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – United States
Amy K. Wagner MD is a tenured Professor, Vice-chair Faculty Development, and Endowed Chair for Translational Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Neuroscience and in the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She is also Associate Director for Rehabilitation Research at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. Dr. Wagner’s research program uses biomarkers as tools for developing and optimizing personalized treatments and outcomes for individuals with disability, particularly with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and with cardiac arrest. She has defined her work with rehabilitation centered biomarkers research as Rehabilomics Research (www.rehabilomics.pitt.edu). Dr. Wagner’s research focus includes the TBI Rehabilomics Research Model, identifying biomarkers relevant for assessing pathology and prognosis related to disability and function as well as for assessing clinical risk and use in clinical decision making. Her experimental research focuses on how dopamine systems, hormones, inflammation, and rehabilitation relevant therapeutic agents impact plasticity and recovery. Her experimental TBI work also includes the study of rehabilitation relevant cognitive training paradigms to better understand the substrates and mechanisms of learning and memory recovery. Dr. Wagner has published over 100 original research and 40 invited articles and chapters. Her extensive transdisciplinary and translational research portfolio of federally funded research (including National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, The National institute for Disability, Independent living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Department of Defense) has garnered, to date, over $16 million as a principal investigator for TBI and cardiac arrest research. Dr. Wagner is the 2018 and 2019 President for the National Neurotrauma Society, and she is hosting the 2019 meeting in Pittsburgh. Dr. Wagner has mentored dozens of trainees, many of which have received awards and scholarships for their research. She is Training Faculty for the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and she also directs the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2018 she was selected by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as a liaison to the American College of Surgeons—Committee on Trauma to support multiple shared initiatives. Clinically, Dr. Wagner treats patients with neurological conditions undergoing inpatient rehabilitation, and she is a consultant for neurologically devastated patients during their acute hospitalization at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Friday, November 8
9:45 AM – 11:00 AM