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Thomas Ragnar Wood, BM, BCh, PhD

Associated with Fellowship(s)
Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship
Professional Bio

Scholarly Focus: Dr. Wood specializes in animal models of premature brain injury and neonatal hypoxic‐ ischemic encephalopathy, particularly in rodents and ferrets. The long‐term goal of his research is to investigate the factors that contribute to brain health, development, and resilience across the lifespan. This includes the investigation of neuroprotective strategies for the injured neonatal brain, as well as

how early life events alter susceptibility to later injuries. He is also participating in secondary analyses of data from the PENUT and HEAL trials that are relevant to neurodevelopment.

Research Funding:

2022‐2024            Development of a New Technology to Prevent TBI with eStim VLR (Electrical Stimulation of a Valsalva-Like Response). DOD W81XWH-22-1-0444 Role: PI. Total award: $301,635

2021‐2026            Repurposing azithromycin for premature brain injury. NICHD R01 HD101422‐02. Role: PI. Total award: $2,087,401.

2021‐2022            Pharmacokinetic (PK) and pilot neuroprotection studies of a novel ketone ester in a rat model of hypoxic‐ischemic brain injury. Role: PI. Total award: $6,000

2020‐2022            Enzyme‐loaded nanoparticles for neonatal neuroprotection. 1R21HD100639‐01. Role: Co‐I. Total Award: $405,666

Administration/Education Roles: Dr. Wood is Director of Preclinical Research for the Division of Neonatology, and recently joined the faculty for the UW graduate program in neuroscience. He is an active mentor for Neonatology fellows and junior faculty peers, as well as undergraduate students and Chemical Engineering graduate students, engaged in basic neuroscience research. This year he was also a guest lecturer in endocrinology and physiology for a 400/500‐level Chemical Engineering class in nanotechnology applications for health and served as a faculty mentor for a graduate data science project through the UW eScience Institute DIRECT Capstone program. He has also served on the annual division faculty search committee since 2019.