V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D.

Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton has been the Director of UCLA’s Edgerton Lab since 1968 and is a professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences at UCLA. His research is focused on neural control of movement and how this neural control adapts to altered use and after spinal cord injury. He completed his PhD under the direction of Drs. Wayne Van Huss, Rex Carrow, and William Heusner at Michigan State University.

Dr. Edgerton is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF), and his is one of eight labs in the world receiving funding from the CRF.

While a professor at UCLA, Dr. Edgerton has served as chair of his department. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Goteborg in Sweden, Tokyo Metropolitan Neuroscience Institute, and the Panum Institute of the University of Copenhagen. He received a Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine and has served NASA in a number of roles. In addition to serving on the board of the CRF, he is currently on the scientific advising board of the American Paralysis Association. Dr. Edgerton has co-authored two books: The Biology of Physical Activity and An Atlas and Source Book of the Lesser Bushbaby (Galago Senegalensis). These books evolved directly from work begun when he was at Michigan State University. In addition, he is the author of approximately 300 research papers.

A key question researched in Edgerton lab is how the neural networks in the lumbar spinal cord of mammals, including humans, control stepping and locomotion after complete spinal cord injury.