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David Brody, MD, PhD

Dr. Brody is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Department of Neurology. He treats patients with subacute and chronic sequelae of traumatic brain injury in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic located at Center for Advanced Medicine.

He is the Washington University site director for the National Football League Neurological player care program.

His clinical monograph entitled Concussion Care Manual: A Practical Guide will be published by Oxford University Press in late 2014.

He has advised the US Army Vice Chief of Staff and assisted the Medical Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotrauma, and is a permanent member of the NIH Acute Neural Injury and Epilepsy study section.

He is the co-organizer of the Axon Injury and Repair Research Interest Group (part of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders) and is a member of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences in the Neurosciences Program.

Dr. Brody was born and raised in San Diego, California. He attended La Jolla High School, and completed undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at Stanford University in 1992. His undergraduate research project involved computational modeling of parallel distributed neural networks in the laboratory of Dr. William Kristan at the University of California at San Diego.

Research

Research in Brody laboratory and collaborative group is focused on the development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies for traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, a major risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's Disease, and the single leading cause of permanent disability in people under age 45 in the United States. The laboratory is funded by grants from the NIH, Department of Defense, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, and National Football League. He was the recipient of the Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished Investigator Award in 2012.

Brody Laboratory

Medical Training

Dr. Brody received both MD and PhD degrees from the Johns Hopkins University in 2000 as part of the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. His PhD thesis work on neuronal calcium channels and short-term synaptic plasticity was performed in the laboratory of Dr. David T. Yue, Department of Biomedical Engineering. He was the winner of the Hans Prohaska Young Investigator Award at Johns Hopkins in 2000.

He completed an internship in Internal Medicine in 2001 and Neurology residency in 2004, both at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In 2004, he received the Leonard Berg Prize for Research Conducted During Residency and the Medical Student Teaching Award at Washington University. He is board certified in Neurology.

He was a post-doctoral fellow in Washington University in the laboratory of Dr. David Holtzman. His research focused on the role of the amyloid-β peptide in traumatic brain injury. He was the recipient of a K08 career development award from the NIH, a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences, and a grant from the Thrasher Fund.

Selected Publications

Brody Lab Selected Publications