Dr. Martin focuses in researching spinal cord injury and the development of motor behavior. Concentrating in developing new understanding of the connections between the brain and spinal cord that control movement addressing brain development as well as recovery of movement function after brain or spinal injury, translating it to therapies for humans with mobility impairments.
Carmel, J. B., Kimura, H., Berrol, L. J., & Martin, J. H. (2013). Motor cortex electrical stimulation promotes axon outgrowth to brain stem and spinal targets that control the forelimb impaired by unilateral corticospinal injury. The European journal of neuroscience, 37(7), 1090–102. doi:10.1111/ejn.12119
Friel, K., Chakrabarty, S., Kuo, H.-C., & Martin, J. (2012). Using motor behavior during an early critical period to restore skilled limb movement after damage to the corticospinal system during development. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 32(27), 9265–76. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1198-12.2012
Martin, J. H. (2012). Systems neurobiology of restorative neurology and future directions for repair of the damaged motor systems. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery, 114(5), 515–23. doi:10.1016/j.clineuro.2012.01.011