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A New ICTS Associate Director Named

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Dr. Steve Cramer

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Steve Cramer has agreed to serve as a new Associate Director of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Steve joins Dr. Ruth Mulnard who has served as Associate Director since ICTS NIH funding began in 2010. This new appointment was made in response to a recommendation by our External Advisory Board that we bring to our ICTS leadership increased strength, along with that of Dr. Mulnard’s, in innovative clinical trial research. Steve surely brings that enhanced expertise to the ICTS. Steve is a Professor of Neurology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.  He is also the Vice Chair for Research in Neurology, the Clinical Director of the Stem Cell Research Center, and the Director of the Neuroimaging Core of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical & Translational Science.  Steve attended UC Berkeley from 1980-1983 and graduated with Highest Honors, and the University of Southern California from 1984-1988, where he received his MD.  He then did a residency in internal medicine at UCLA (1988-1991); and did a residency in neurology (1992-1995) plus a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease (1995-1997) at Massachusetts General Hospital.  He also earned a Master’s Degree from Harvard Medical School in Clinical Investigation.

Steve’s research focuses on brain repair after central nervous system injury in humans, with an emphasis on recovery of movement after stroke.  Treatments under examination include robots, stem cells, brain stimulation, growth factors, brain-computer interface, and other approaches.  A major emphasis is on translating new drugs and devices to reduce disability after stroke.  An important question is how to predict the response of individual patients to such restorative therapies.  He co-edited the book “Brain Repair after Stroke,” is an Assistant Editor at the journal Stroke, and is the author of over 150 articles.

Please join me in welcoming Steve to this key leadership role in the ICTS.


Dan Michael Cooper MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Chief Academic Officer, CHOC Children’s Hospital

Director, UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering

UC Irvine School of Medicine