The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Michael P. Kilgard

Interim Executive Director, Texas Biomedical Device Center
Margaret Fonde Jonsson Professor

Research Interests

Targeted Neural Plasticity for the treatment of stroke, autism, brain damage, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, tinnitus and pain

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2339
Office: BSB_14.102C
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: Cortical Plasticity Laboratory and Texas Biomedical Device Center and VNS Stroke Trial


Dr. Michael Kilgard is one of the leading researchers in the area of directing neural plasticity for the treatment of serious neurological and psychiatric disorders. He has developed precisely timed vagus nerve stimulation and has showed it can enhance plasticity and rehabilitation in multiple animal models and in patients with stroke and tinnitus. Dr. Kilgard’s earlier work was focused on stimulating neural plasticity using deep brain stimulation and on developing animal models of sensory, motor and communication disorders. He is the recipient of the outstanding teaching awards from UT Dallas and from the University of Texas System. He also was awarded the Krevans Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of California, San Francisco, as well as Outstanding Geneticist of the Year from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Kilgard earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD from the University of California, San Francisco.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Book Chapters

Engineer, C.T., Centanni, T.M., Kilgard, M.P. In Hickok, Small (Eds) Rodent Models of Speech Sound Processing, Neurobiology of Language, Elsevier 2015.

Hays, S.A., Rennaker R.L., Kilgard M.P. (2014) Targeting Plasticity with Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Treat Neurological Disease. In Changing Brains — Applying Brain Plasticity to Advance and Recover Human Ability, Progress in Brain Research, 207:275-99, 2014

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Vagus nerve stimulation paired with tactile training improved sensory function in a chronic stroke patient. Kilgard MP, Rennaker RL, Alexander J, Dawson J. NeuroRehabilitation. 2018;42(2):159-165.

Varying Stimulation Parameters to Improve Cortical Plasticity Generated by VNS-tone Pairing. Loerwald KW, Buell EP, Borland MS, Rennaker RL 2nd, Hays SA, Kilgard MP. Neuroscience. 2018 Sep 15;388:239-247.

Closed-loop neuromodulation restores network connectivity and motor control after spinal cord injury. Ganzer PD, Darrow MJ, Meyers EC, Solorzano BR, Ruiz AD, Robertson NM, Adcock KS, James JT, Jeong HS, Becker AM, Goldberg MP, Pruitt DT, Hays SA, Kilgard MP, Rennaker RL 2nd. Elife. 2018 Mar 13;7.

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Enhances Stable Plasticity and Generalization of Stroke Recovery. Meyers EC, Solorzano BR, James J, Ganzer PD, Lai ES, Rennaker RL 2nd, Kilgard MP, Hays SA. Stroke. 2018 Mar;49(3):710-717.

Pairing sound with vagus nerve stimulation modulates cortical synchrony and phase coherence in tinnitus: An exploratory retrospective study. Vanneste S, Martin J, Rennaker RL Nd, Kilgard MP. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 11;7(1):17345.

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