About USFRI

Senior Vice President

Dr. Paul Sanberg

Paul R. Sanberg
Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development
President, USF Research Foundation
Distinguished University Professor
University of South Florida


Dr. Paul R. Sanberg is Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Economic Development, President of the USF Research Foundation, Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, Engineering, and Business, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida, and President of the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Sanberg trained at York University, University of British Columbia, Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and held faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati and Brown University, among others. Prior to his current position, he served USF as Associate Dean in the Morsani College of Medicine, Associate Vice President for USF Health, Senior Associate Vice President for Research & Innovation and Special Assistant to the President.

As a researcher, his early work was pioneering in understanding why brain cells die in neurological disorders and in drug abuse research. His recent research has focused on discovering innovative ways to repair the damaged brain, and has helped lead the team that demonstrated that bone marrow and umbilical cord blood derived stem cells can be transformed to neural cells that may be useful in stroke, spinal cord injury and ALS. His work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials for Tourette syndrome, depression, stroke, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease.

He is an inventor on 111 patents. He is the author of more than 600 articles and 15 books, with approximately 24,000 citations to his published work. He has served on editorial boards for more than 30 scientific journals and is editor-in-chief of Technology and Innovation: Journal of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Sanberg was a long-term member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards for health-related foundations and companies. He has significant industry experience as a founder or director of a number of companies involved in cell therapy for degenerative disorders and biopharmaceutical development.

Dr. Sanberg is the founder and a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and has served as president of a number of professional societies, including the American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair, Cell Transplant Society, and International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Royal Societies of Chemistry, Public Health, and Medicine, American Psychological Association, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, and American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair, and has received numerous scientific awards, including the Everfront Award for Stem Cells and Cancer Research. He is the 2015 Medalist of the Florida Academy of Sciences, an inductee in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, and was named 2015 Alumnus of the Year for Research and Academics by the Australian National University. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce as a member of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation nomination evaluation committee and serves on the selection committee of the USPTO Innovation Expo in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and the advisory board of the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity.

USF Research & Innovation (USFRI) coordinates and facilitates institutional research initiatives and provides support for university-wide research programs and infrastructure development. USFRI provides administrative direction and oversight of research policies and procedures, assurances, budgetary matters, and central services for its departments. As Senior Vice President of USFRI, Dr. Sanberg's vision and initiatives have established USFRI as a mission-critical central hub for the university's research enterprise, in support of the university's strategic plan. USFRI promotes and supports the research and scholarship activities of faculty, staff, and students, and strives to make USF a leading national research university.

The Thing with Feathers (YouTube video) - Dr. Paul R. Sanberg (USF Honors College Project)

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