April Herrity, DC PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, Department of Neurological Surgery. Her research background and interests have focused on understanding the neural mechanisms involved in controlling urogenital and bowel function after spinal cord injury. In particular, she has examined the impact of activity-based training in combination with spinal cord epidural stimulation on the recovery of bladder, bowel, and sexual function. Her work spans across studies in both adults and children and includes complementary mechanistic animal model approaches, resulting in productive collaborations with numerous interdisciplinary investigators. Currently, Dr. Herrity is investigating the use of spinal cord epidural stimulation to specifically target the bladder with the goal of identifying optimal stimulation parameters that promote functional gains in lower urinary tract function. Additional studies in her core are aimed at: understanding activity-dependent neuroplasticity and the recovery of bladder function in children; quality of life outcomes associated with spinal cord injury; and an understanding of the prevalence of chronic urinary tract infections after spinal cord injury. Dr. Herrity is the co-scientific director of the urogenital and bowel core in the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center. She holds a Masters and PhD in anatomical sciences and neurobiology, both from the University of Louisville.
- University of Louisville
- Louisville, KY