Dr. W. Mark Erwin

Principal Investigator, Toronto Western Hospital                                                                                                                                           Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Erwin earned his Bachelor’s degree from York University in 1980, a DC degree in 2004 at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and his PhD from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto in 2004.  Currently he is a principal investigator at the Krembil Research Institute, Toronto Western Hospital and Assistant Professor Division of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto, and the Toronto Western Spine Programme.  He is an executive committee member of the University of Toronto Spine Programme and a recent member of the University of Toronto Collaborative Programme in Neuroscience.  He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto and an Associate Professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Research Division.  He has received post-doctoral training support from CIHR and a CIHR/CCA Senior Research Award.  He has serve on the orthopaedic advisory panel for spine care in Ontario  and is serving his second 2-year term as a member of Section on Biologics with the North American Spine Society.  Dr. Erwin is also a member of the University Health Network Animal Care Committee and has chaired numerous international meetings and panels with respect to biologic therapy for spinal disease.

Dr. Erwin’s research interests broadly encompass a regenerative medicine theme as applied to spinal disease with an emphasis upon degenerative disc disease.  This interest in regenerative medicine and degenerative spinal disease has led to his unique interest in the application of stem cell-based therapy for the treatment of ALS.  Dr. Erwin’s laboratory has established collaborative research opportunities with the University of Basel, Switzerland Orthopaedics/Tissue engineering department and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA.

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