Wolfram Tetzlaff

ICORD, Canada

Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff obtained his MD (Dr. med.) degree in Germany and his PhD in Calgary followed by faculty appointments at the Universities of Calgary, Ottawa and British Columbia, where he holds the Edie Ehlers Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. From 2013-2023 he served as Director of ICORD, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries and continues to lead a research program focusing on experimental strategies for neuroprotection and neural repair after spinal cord injury (SCI). In particular, his group found that diets affect the cascades of secondary damage after spinal cord injury and can improve outcomes; and that skin-derived progenitors when differentiated into Schwann cells can be used for neural repair in the chronically injured rodent spinal cord. He also directs a team that assesses clinically used drugs for their potential to be repurposed for the treatment of SCI inflicted by a variety of mechanisms. Dr. Tetzlaff’s work is/was funded by the CIHR, Wings-for-Life, NSERC, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, International Spinal-Research Trust, the MS Society of Canada and the New Frontiers in Research Fund – Transformation (Canada).