Ann Parr, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery


Research Interests:

There is good evidence that transplantation of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells is beneficial in spinal cord injury.  Our lab is focused on developing an autologous source of these cells to further investigate their clinical potential.  Our lab is focused on translational research in spinal cord injury, in order to bring ideas from the bench to the bedside.

Selected Publications:

(For a comprehensive list of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

Satzer D, DiBartolomeo C, Ritchie MM, Storino C, Liimatainen T, Hakkarainen H, Idiyatullin D, Mangia S, Michaeli S, Parr AM, Low WC. Assessment of dysmyelination with RAFFn MRI: application to murine MPS I. PLoS One. 2015 Feb 13;10(2):e0116788.

Wang MY, Parr AM.  An international initiative to define the role for surgery for spinal metastases:  The GSTSG.  World Neurosurgery 73(5) 426-7, 2010.

Parr AM, Wang MY.  CT alone may be inadequate for detecting occult spinal injuries. Neurosurgery’s Science Times 66(4) N23-4, 2010.

Parr AM, Wang MY.  Minimally invasive lumbar discectomy had worse outcome than conventional open microdiscectomy.  Neurosurgery’s Science Times 65(1) N12, 2009.

Parr AM, Kulbatski I, Zahir T, Wang X, Yue C, Keating A, and Tator CH.  Transplanted adult spinal cord-derived neural stem/progenitor cells promote early functional recovery after rat spinal cord injury.  Neuroscience 155(3) 760-70, 2008.

Parr AM, Kulbatski I, Wang XH, Keating A, and Tator CH.  Fate of transplanted adult neural stem/progenitor cells and bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells in the injured adult rat spinal cord and impact on functional recovery.  Surg Neurol 70(6) 600-7, 2008.

Parr AM, Tator CH, Keating A.  Bone marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for the repair of central nervous system (CNS) injury.  Bone Marrow Transplantation 40(7), 2007.

Parr AM, Kulbatski, I, and Tator CH.  Transplantation of adult rat spinal cord stem/progenitor cells for spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma 24(5) 835-45, 2007.

Parr AM, and Tator CH.  Intrathecal epidermal growth factor and fibroblast growth factor-2 exacerbate meningeal proliferative lesions associated with intrathecal catheters. Neurosurgery 60(5) 926-33, 2007.

Parr AM, Fewer D.  Intramedullary blastomycosis in a child: case report.  Can J Neurol Sci 31(2) 282-85, 2004.

Ann Parr