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Daniel Becker, M.D.
Director of the Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Unit
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Languages: English, German, Russian
Expertise: Multiple Sclerosis, Neurology, Neurophysiology, Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury, Spasticity Management, Spinal Cord Injury, Transverse Myelitis
Research Interests: Spinal Cord Injury; Stem cell therapy; Transverse myelitis; Multiple Sclerosis
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600 N. Wolfe Street
Kennedy Krieger Institute Suite 518
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Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Dr. Becker is a board-certified neurologist, spinal cord injury medicine specialist and disability analyst, and is faculty in the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center where he focuses on evaluation and treatment of long-term effects of transverse myelitis.
Dr. Becker earned his Medical Degree from Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany in 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Research Assistant in Neuroscience investigating the role of embryonic stem cells in spinal cord injury repair at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2004 and his residency in Neurology in 2007. From there, he completed a year-long fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.
- Director of the Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Unit
- Assistant Professor of Neurology
Centers & Institutes
- MD, Ruprecht Karls Universitat Heidelberg (2001)
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center / Internal Medicine (2004)
- Vanderbilt University Medical Center / Neurology (2007)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (2008)
- American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab / Spinal Cord Injury Medicine (2010)
- American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2008)
Research & Publications
Clinical Trial KeywordsFuctional Electrical Stimulation, Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse myelitis, Spinal Cord Injury
Selected PublicationsA major focus of Dr. Beckers research has been the role of neurological activity as well as embryonic stem cells in spinal cord injury repair. He is specifically focusing on neural repair following inflammatory spinal cord injury such as transverse myelitis and multiple sclerosis. His research has been published at numerous national and international meetings as well as in many journals and books, including Neurology, The Neurologist, the Journal of Neurotrauma, the Journal of Child Neurology, AAN Continuum, and the books The Handbook of Stem Cells and Principles of Tissue Engineering and Essentials of Stem Cell Biology.
Becker D, Gary DS, Rosenzweig ES, Grill WM, Mcdonald JW. Functional Electrical Stimulation Helps Replenish Progenitor Cells in the Injured Spinal Cord of Adult Rats. Experimental Neurology Jan 6, 2010.
McDonald JW, Becker D. Spinal Cord Injury. In: "Essentials of Stem Cell Biology" 2nd edition (Lanza R, Thomas ED, Thomson J, Pedersen R, Gearhart J, Hogan B, Melton D, West M, Ed.) pp. San Diego: Academic Press, Elsevier Science 2009.
Becker D, Patel A, Abou-Kahlil BW, Pina-Garza JE. Successful Treatment of Encephalopathy and Control of Myoclonus with Levetiracetam in a Case of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis. J Child Neurology January 2009.
Owens GP, Ritchie AM, Gilden DH, Burgoon MP, Becker D, Bennett JL. Measles Virus Specific Plasma Cells are Prominent in Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis CSF. Neurology 2007; 68:1815-1819.
Becker D, Martinez CO, McDonald JW. Differential Determinant Factors Above and Below the Injury Level Regulate Differentiation Fate of Transplanted Neural Progenitors in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury. Data presented at Am Neurological Association 132nd Annual Meeting 2007.
McDonald JW, Becker D. Spinal Cord. In: "Principles of Tissue Engineering", 3rd Edition (Lanza R, Langer R, Vacani JP, Ed.) Chapter 65, pp. 977-994 San Diego: Academic Press, Elsevier Science 2007.
Vadivelu S, Becker D, McDonald JW. Generating Chimeric Spinal Cord: A Novel Model for Transplantable Oligodendrocyte Progenitors Derived From Embryonic Stem Cells. Neurosurg Focus 2005 Sep 15;19(3):E3.
Activities & Honors
- American Academy of Neurology