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Education and Research Interests
My undergraduate education was at the University of Chicago (A.B. 1951). My medical education was at Harvard Medical School (M.D. 1956). After a rotating Internship and Medicine Residency at Cook County hospital (1957-1960), I decided
on an academic career, first at Harvard Medical School (Departments of Pathology and Anatomy) (1961-1971). Then I moved to UTMB in the Marine Biomedical Institute with a Joint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience from 1971 to the
present. My research consisted in unravelling the organization of the peripheral nervous system with particular emphasis on the presence of sensory fibers in the ventral roots, a previously unreported finding that presumably explained the failure
of dorsal rhizotomy to relieve segmental pain. This research received continuous funding including a Jacob Javitz award in 1987. On the teaching side I participated in the teaching of gross anatomy and neuroscience to the medical students and participated
in the graduate program in Neuroscience. I finished my research career in 2010 and turned to full time teaching in the medical school (in the GAR, MCT, PHD, and NHB courses), which I am doing at the present time.
Willis, W.D. and Coggeshall, R.E. Sensory Mechanisms of the Spinal Cord. Plenum Press, New York, 1978.
Willis, W.D. and Coggeshall, R.E. Sensory Mechanisms of the Spinal Cord. Second Edition. Plenum Press, New York, 1991.
Willis, W.D. and Coggeshall, R.E. Sensory Mechanisms of the Spinal Cord. Third Edition. Plenum Publishers, New York, 2004
Gao, J., Coggeshall, R.E., Tarasenko, Y.I. and Wu, P. Human neural stem cell-derived cholinergic neurons innervate muscle in motoneuron deficient adult rats. Neurosci. 13(2):257-262, 2005.
Scholz, J., Broom, D.D., Youn, D.H., Mills, C.D., Kohno, T., Suter, M.R., Moore, K.A., Decosterd, I., Coggeshall, R.E. and Woolf, C.J. Blocking caspase activity prevents transsynaptic neuronal apoptosis and the loss of inhibition in lamina II of the dorsal horn after peripheral nerve injury. J Neurosci. 25(32):7317-7323, 2005.
Gao, J., Coggeshall, R.E., Tarasenko, Y.I. and Wu, P. Human neural stem cell-derived cholinergic neurons innervate muscle in motoneuron deficient adult rats. Neuroscience 131(2):257-62, 2005.
Coggeshall, R.E. Fos, nociception and the dorsal horn. Progress in Neurobiology 77:299-352, 2005.
Gao, J., Coggeshall R.E., Chung, J.M., Wang, J., Wu, P. Functional motoneurons develop from human neural stem cell transplants in adult rats. Neuroreport 18(6):565-569, 2007.