Max Rady College of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
GF543-820 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9
Dr. Brian Schmidt’s research explores fundamental mechanisms of motor control, locomotion in particular. This work involves the use of novel in vitro and in vivo experimental models and a range of electrophysiological and neuropharmacological techniques. More recent projects aim to restore motor control and walking after spinal cord injury through neurochemical facilitation of neurons involved in locomotor command signal transmission. His research has had long-standing support from the MRC/CIHR as well as numerous local and international agencies. In addition to supervising summer students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows he has been an advisory committee member for over 30 graduate students.
Dr. Brian Schmidt is a clinician-scientist and professor in the section of neurology, department of internal medicine and an adjunct professor in the physiology and pathophysiology department at the Max Rady College of Medicine. He received his M.D. from UM in 1980 and completed specialty training in neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute/McGill University in 1984. His career-long interest in spinal cord research was stimulated by a B.Sc. (Med.) project as medical student during the summers of 1977-78 under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Jordan in physiology department. From 1984 to 1988 he was supported by an MRC fellowship for further research training at the Laboratory of Neural Control, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, and Systems Neurobiology Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles. Clinically, Dr. Schmidt is a consultant neurologist for the inpatient and outpatient services at the Health Sciences Centre including the Neuromuscular Electrodiagnosis Laboratory. For 33 years he has served on the neurology residency training committee in various capacities, including program director and resident research director.