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Byron D. Ford
Title Associate Professor, Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Faculty Rank
Degree Ph.D.
Institution Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
720 Westview Drive, SW
Multidisciplinary Research Center
City Atlanta
State GA
Postal Code 30310
Telephone (404) 756-5222
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2019Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (Riverside B2B)5R25GM119975-03
2019Device for Improving Outcomes Following Decompressive Hemicraniectomy for Stroke5R21NS106949-02
2018Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (Riverside B2B)5R25GM119975-02
2018Device for Improving Outcomes Following Decompressive Hemicraniectomy for Stroke1R21NS106949-01A1
2017Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (Riverside B2B)1R25GM119975-01A1
2012Cell and molecular biology5U54NS060659-05
2012Training and knowledge transfer5U54NS060659-05
2011Cell and molecular biology5U54NS060659-04
2011Training and knowledge transfer5U54NS060659-04
2010Cell and molecular biology5U54NS060659-03
2010Training and knowledge transfer5U54NS060659-03
2010Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in Neurotoxin-mediated Neuronal Injury5U01NS057993-05
2009Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in Neurotoxin-mediated Neuronal Injury3U01NS057993-04S1
2009Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in Neurotoxin-mediated Neuronal Injury5U01NS057993-04
2009Cell and molecular biology5U54NS060659-02
2009Training and knowledge transfer5U54NS060659-02
2009Novel Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in the Trea*5R01NS056446-04
2008Core--Animal Model Laboratory5U54NS046798-04
2008Cell and molecular biology1U54NS060659-01
2008Training and knowledge transfer1U54NS060659-01
2008Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in Neurotoxin-mediated Neuronal Injury5U01NS057993-03
2008Novel Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in the Trea*5R01NS056446-03
2007Novel Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in the Trea*5R01NS056446-02
2007Novel Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in the Trea*3R01NS056446-02S1
2007Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in Neurotoxin-mediated Neuronal Injury5U01NS057993-02
2006Core--Animal Model Laboratory5U54NS046798-03
2006Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in Neurotoxin-mediated Neuronal Injury1U01NS057993-01
2006Novel Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in the Trea*1R01NS056446-01
2006Novel Neuroprotective Roles for Neuregulins in the Trea*3R01NS056446-01S1
2004Core--Animal Model Laboratory5U54NS046798-02
2003Core--Animal Model Laboratory1U54NS046798-01

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1. Lambeth TR, Riggs DL, Talbert LE, Tang J, Coburn E, Kang AS, Noll J, Augello C, Ford BD, Julian RR. Spontaneous Isomerization of Long-Lived Proteins Provides a Molecular Mechanism for the Lysosomal Failure Observed in Alzheimer''s Disease. ACS Cent Sci. 2019 Aug 28; 5(8):1387-1395.
2. Noll JM, Li Y, Distel TJ, Ford GD, Ford BD. Neuroprotection by Exogenous and Endogenous Neuregulin-1 in Mouse Models of Focal Ischemic Stroke. J Mol Neurosci. 2019 Oct; 69(2):333-342.
3. Li CX, Kempf DJ, Tong FC, Yan Y, Xu Z, Connor-Stroud FR, Ford BD, Howell LL, Zhang X. Longitudinal MRI Evaluation of Ischemic Stroke in the Basal Ganglia of a Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) with Seizures. Comp Med. 2018 12 01; 68(6):496-502.
4. Cespedes JC, Liu M, Harbuzariu A, Nti A, Onyekaba J, Cespedes HW, Bharti PK, Solomon W, Anyaoha P, Krishna S, Adjei A, Botchway F, Ford B, Stiles JK. Neuregulin in Health and Disease. Int J Brain Disord Treat. 2018; 4(1).
5. Augello CJ, Noll JM, Distel TJ, Wainright JD, Stout CE, Ford BD. Identification of novel blood biomarker panels to detect ischemic stroke in patients and their responsiveness to therapeutic intervention. Brain Res. 2018 11 01; 1698:161-169.
6. Wang S, Li Y, Paudyal R, Ford BD, Zhang X. Evaluation of neuregulin-1''s neuroprotection against ischemic injury in rats using diffusion tensor imaging. Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 11; 53:63-70.
7. Surles-Zeigler MC, Li Y, Distel TJ, Omotayo H, Ge S, Ford BD. Transcriptomic analysis of neuregulin-1 regulated genes following ischemic stroke by computational identification of promoter binding sites: A role for the ETS-1 transcription factor. PLoS One. 2018; 13(6):e0197092.
8. Liu M, Solomon W, Cespedes JC, Wilson NO, Ford B, Stiles JK. Neuregulin-1 attenuates experimental cerebral malaria (ECM) pathogenesis by regulating ErbB4/AKT/STAT3 signaling. J Neuroinflammation. 2018 Apr 10; 15(1):104.
9. Chowdhury I, Branch A, Mehrabi S, Ford BD, Thompson WE. Gonadotropin-Dependent Neuregulin-1 Signaling Regulates Female Rat Ovarian Granulosa Cell Survival. Endocrinology. 2017 10 01; 158(10):3647-3660.
10. Bosetti F, Koenig JI, Ayata C, Back SA, Becker K, Broderick JP, Carmichael ST, Cho S, Cipolla MJ, Corbett D, Corriveau RA, Cramer SC, Ferguson AR, Finklestein SP, Ford BD, Furie KL, Hemmen TM, Iadecola C, Jakeman LB, Janis S, Jauch EC, Johnston KC, Kochanek PM, Kohn H, Lo EH, Lyden PD, Mallard C, McCullough LD, McGavern LM, Meschia JF, Moy CS, Perez-Pinzon MA, Ramadan I, Savitz SI, Schwamm LH, Steinberg GK, Stenzel-Poore MP, Tymianski M, Warach S, Wechsler LR, Zhang JH, Koroshetz W. Translational Stroke Research: Vision and Opportunities. Stroke. 2017 09; 48(9):2632-2637.
11. Flannery BM, Bruun DA, Rowland DJ, Banks CN, Austin AT, Kukis DL, Li Y, Ford BD, Tancredi DJ, Silverman JL, Cherry SR, Lein PJ. Persistent neuroinflammation and cognitive impairment in a rat model of acute diisopropylfluorophosphate intoxication. J Neuroinflammation. 2016 10 12; 13(1):267.
12. Simmons LJ, Surles-Zeigler MC, Li Y, Ford GD, Newman GD, Ford BD. Regulation of inflammatory responses by neuregulin-1 in brain ischemia and microglial cells in vitro involves the NF-kappa B pathway. J Neuroinflammation. 2016 09 06; 13(1):237.
13. White TE, Surles-Zeigler MC, Ford GD, Gates AS, Davids B, Distel T, LaPlaca MC, Ford BD. Bilateral gene interaction hierarchy analysis of the cell death gene response emphasizes the significance of cell cycle genes following unilateral traumatic brain injury. BMC Genomics. 2016 Feb 24; 17:130.
14. Wang S, Li Y, Paudyal R, Ford BD, Zhang X. Spatio-temporal assessment of the neuroprotective effects of neuregulin-1 on ischemic stroke lesions using MRI. J Neurol Sci. 2015 Oct 15; 357(1-2):28-34.
15. Li Y, Lein PJ, Ford GD, Liu C, Stovall KC, White TE, Bruun DA, Tewolde T, Gates AS, Distel TJ, Surles-Zeigler MC, Ford BD. Neuregulin-1 inhibits neuroinflammatory responses in a rat model of organophosphate-nerve agent-induced delayed neuronal injury. J Neuroinflammation. 2015 Apr 02; 12:64.
16. Martins AH, Hu J, Xu Z, Mu C, Alvarez P, Ford BD, El Sayed K, Eterovic VA, Ferchmin PA, Hao J. Neuroprotective activity of (1S,2E,4R,6R,-7E,11E)-2,7,11-cembratriene-4,6-diol (4R) in vitro and in vivo in rodent models of brain ischemia. Neuroscience. 2015 Apr 16; 291:250-259.
17. Solomon W, Wilson NO, Anderson L, Pitts S, Patrickson J, Liu M, Ford BD, Stiles JK. Neuregulin-1 attenuates mortality associated with experimental cerebral malaria. J Neuroinflammation. 2014 Jan 17; 11:9.
18. White TE, Ford GD, Surles-Zeigler MC, Gates AS, Laplaca MC, Ford BD. Gene expression patterns following unilateral traumatic brain injury reveals a local pro-inflammatory and remote anti-inflammatory response. BMC Genomics. 2013 Apr 25; 14:282.
19. Pulliam JV, Xu Z, Ford GD, Liu C, Li Y, Stovall KC, Cannon VS, Tewolde T, Moreno CS, Ford BD. Computational identification of conserved transcription factor binding sites upstream of genes induced in rat brain by transient focal ischemic stroke. Brain Res. 2013 Feb 07; 1495:76-85.
20. Rodriguez-Mercado R, Ford GD, Xu Z, Kraiselburd EN, Martinez MI, Eterovic VA, Colon E, Rodriguez IV, Portilla P, Ferchmin PA, Gierbolini L, Rodriguez-Carrasquillo M, Powell MD, Pulliam JV, McCraw CO, Gates A, Ford BD. Acute neuronal injury and blood genomic profiles in a nonhuman primate model for ischemic stroke. Comp Med. 2012 Oct; 62(5):427-38.
21. Liu C, Li Y, Lein PJ, Ford BD. Spatiotemporal patterns of GFAP upregulation in rat brain following acute intoxication with diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP). Curr Neurobiol. 2012 Jul; 3(2):90-97.
22. Li Y, Lein PJ, Liu C, Bruun DA, Giulivi C, Ford GD, Tewolde T, Ross-Inta C, Ford BD. Neuregulin-1 is neuroprotective in a rat model of organophosphate-induced delayed neuronal injury. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2012 Jul 15; 262(2):194-204.
23. Li Y, Lein PJ, Liu C, Bruun DA, Tewolde T, Ford G, Ford BD. Spatiotemporal pattern of neuronal injury induced by DFP in rats: a model for delayed neuronal cell death following acute OP intoxication. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2011 Jun 15; 253(3):261-9.
24. Ford GD, Ford BD, Steele EC, Gates A, Hood D, Matthews MAB, Mirza S, MacLeish PR. Analysis of transcriptional profiles and functional clustering of global cerebellar gene expression in PCD3J mice. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Dec 12; 377(2):556-561.
25. Croslan DR, Schoell MC, Ford GD, Pulliam JV, Gates A, Clement CM, Harris AE, Ford BD. Neuroprotective effects of neuregulin-1 on B35 neuronal cells following ischemia. Brain Res. 2008 May 19; 1210:39-47.
26. Li Y, Xu Z, Ford GD, Croslan DR, Cairobe T, Li Z, Ford BD. Neuroprotection by neuregulin-1 in a rat model of permanent focal cerebral ischemia. Brain Res. 2007 Dec 12; 1184:277-83.
27. Clement CM, Thomas LK, Mou Y, Croslan DR, Gibbons GH, Ford BD. Neuregulin-1 attenuates neointimal formation following vascular injury and inhibits the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells. J Vasc Res. 2007; 44(4):303-12.
28. Xu Z, Croslan DR, Harris AE, Ford GD, Ford BD. Extended therapeutic window and functional recovery after intraarterial administration of neuregulin-1 after focal ischemic stroke. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 2006 Apr; 26(4):527-35.
29. Dorsey WC, Tchounwou PB, Ford BD. Neuregulin 1-Beta cytoprotective role in AML 12 mouse hepatocytes exposed to pentachlorophenol. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2006 Mar; 3(1):11-22.
30. Ford G, Xu Z, Gates A, Jiang J, Ford BD. Expression Analysis Systematic Explorer (EASE) analysis reveals differential gene expression in permanent and transient focal stroke rat models. Brain Res. 2006 Feb 03; 1071(1):226-36.
31. Bhat GK, Sea TL, Olatinwo MO, Simorangkir D, Ford GD, Ford BD, Mann DR. Influence of a leptin deficiency on testicular morphology, germ cell apoptosis, and expression levels of apoptosis-related genes in the mouse. J Androl. 2006 Mar-Apr; 27(2):302-10.
32. Xu Z, Ford GD, Croslan DR, Jiang J, Gates A, Allen R, Ford BD. Neuroprotection by neuregulin-1 following focal stroke is associated with the attenuation of ischemia-induced pro-inflammatory and stress gene expression. Neurobiol Dis. 2005 Aug; 19(3):461-70.
33. Liu Y, Ford BD, Mann MA, Fischbach GD. Neuregulin-1 increases the proliferation of neuronal progenitors from embryonic neural stem cells. Dev Biol. 2005 Jul 15; 283(2):437-45.
34. Xu Z, Ford BD. Upregulation of erbB receptors in rat brain after middle cerebral arterial occlusion. Neurosci Lett. 2005 Mar 03; 375(3):181-6.
35. Xu Z, Jiang J, Ford G, Ford BD. Neuregulin-1 is neuroprotective and attenuates inflammatory responses induced by ischemic stroke. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2004 Sep 17; 322(2):440-6.
36. Ford BD, Liu Y, Mann MA, Krauss R, Phillips K, Gan L, Fischbach GD. Neuregulin-1 suppresses muscarinic receptor expression and acetylcholine-activated muscarinic K+ channels in cardiac myocytes. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Aug 15; 308(1):23-8.
37. Ford BD, Han B, Fischbach GD. Differentiation-dependent regulation of skeletal myogenesis by neuregulin-1. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003 Jun 20; 306(1):276-81.
38. Rosen KM, Ford BD, Querfurth HW. Downregulation and increased turnover of beta-amyloid precursor protein in skeletal muscle cultures by neuregulin-1. Exp Neurol. 2003 Jun; 181(2):170-80.
39. Parker MW, Chen Y, Hallenbeck JM, Ford BD. Neuregulin expression after focal stroke in the rat. Neurosci Lett. 2002 Dec 16; 334(3):169-72.

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