Timothy D. Faw, PT, DPT, PhD

Medical Instructor

 

Phone: 919-613-8699

Office: Interprofessional Education Building, 311 Trent Drive, #2231

Email: timothy.faw@duke.edu

 

Dr. Faw is a neuroscientist and physical therapist who joined the Duke DPT faculty in 2020 after completing his PhD in Neuroscience at The Ohio State University. He is also a 2009 graduate of the Duke DPT program.

 

Dr. Faw’s research interests include cellular and molecular responses to central nervous system (CNS) damage; therapeutic strategies to promote CNS plasticity, repair, and functional recovery; and neurobiological mechanisms underlying rehabilitation and motor learning.

Education:

  • PhD, Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, 2019
  • Certificate in Neurologic Physical Therapy (Residency), University of Southern California, 2010
  • DPT, Duke University, 2009
  • BS, Exercise Science, Pfeiffer University, 2005

Teaching:

  • None currently

Practice:

Dr. Faw is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy (since 2011), who specializes in rehabilitation of individuals with CNS damage (i.e. spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, and stroke).

Research:

Dr. Faw’s translational research is informed by years of neurologic clinical practice and conducting foundational studies using clinically-relevant animal models of CNS injury. This research seeks to better understand the cellular and molecular responses underlying CNS damage and repair, as well as the ability of rehabilitation and/or novel therapeutics to influence these processes from rodents to humans. Cellular, molecular, genetic, and behavioral approaches performed in small animal models allow development and testing of therapeutics for clinical translation. Moreover, the use of clinically-relevant rehabilitation paradigms and behavioral outcomes in rodents, such as treadmill locomotion, kinematics, and magnetic resonance imaging, allow for rapid translation or even parallel study in clinical populations. The overall goal of Dr. Faw’s research program is to improve the ability of individuals living with neurologic dysfunction to participate in the things they find meaningful.

Publications:

  • Sawicki CM, Kim JK, Weber MD, Faw TD, McKim DB, Madalena KM, Lerch JK, Basso DM, Humeidan ML, Godbout JP, Sheridan JF (2019). Microglia promote increased pain behavior through enhanced inflammation in the spinal cord during repeated social defeat stress. J Neurosci, 39(7):11391149; https://doi:10.1523/jneurosci.278518-2018. (Epub 2018 Dec 17)
  • Norden DM, Faw TD, McKim DB, Deibert RJ, Fisher LC, Sheridan JF, Godbout JP, Basso DM (2019). Bone marrowderived monocytes drive the inflammatory microenvironment in local and remote regions after thoracic SCI. J Neurotrauma, 36(4):937-949. https://doi:10.1089/neu.2018.5806. (Epub 2018 Oct 6)
  • Faw TD, Lerch JK, Thaxton TT, Deibert RJ, Fisher LC, Basso DM (2018). Unique sensory and motor behavior in Thy1GFP-M mice before and after spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma, 35(18):2167-2182. https://doi:10.1089/neu.2017.5395. (Epub 2018 Jun 5)
  • Hansen CN, Norden DM, Faw TD, Deibert RJ, Wohleb ES, Sheridan JF, Godbout JP, Basso DM (2016). Lumbar myeloid cell trafficking into locomotor networks after thoracic spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol, 282:8698. https://doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.05.019. (Epub 2016 May 16)
  • Hansen CN, Norden DM, Faw TD, Deibert RJ, Wohleb ES, Sheridan JF, Godbout JP, Basso DM (2016). Lumbar myeloid cell trafficking into locomotor networks after thoracic spinal cord injury. Exp Neurol, 282:8698. https://doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2016.05.019. (Epub 2016 May 16)
  • Fisher BE, Lee YY, Pitsch EA, Moore B, Southam A, Faw TD, Powers CM (2013). Method for assessing brain changes associated with gluteus maximus activation. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 43(4):214221. https://doi:10.2519/jospt.2013.4188. (Epub 2013 Mar 13)

Awards and Honors:

  • Travel Award, International Symposium on Neural Regeneration, 2017
  • Mary Lou Barnes Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2017
  • Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level II Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2017
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31), National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, 2016
  • Travel Award, Neuroscience Graduate Program, The Ohio State University, 2016
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation, The Ohio State University IGP Life Sciences Symposium, 2016
  • Research Day Award, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Research Day, 2016
  • Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level II Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2016
  • Travel Award, International Symposium on Neural Regeneration, 2015
  • Patricia Leahy Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2015
  • Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level I Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2015
  • Specialization Academy of Content Experts Inductee (Neurology), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, 2015
  • Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level I Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2014
  • Florence P. Kendall PostProfessional Doctoral Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2013