Phillip Popovich is Professor of Neuroscience, The Ray W. Poppleton Research Designated Chair and Director of the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on understanding how traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) affects communication between the nervous and immune systems. His research has implications for improving neural plasticity and central nervous system repair and for overcoming the chronic immune suppressive complications caused by SCI, brain injury and stroke. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and many invited reviews in top-tier journals. Popovich is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Faculty of 1000 member and also is a member on scientific advisory boards for several national and international spinal cord injury research foundations and organizations.