The Hofstetter Lab

Dr. Hofstetter is a faculty member in the UW Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine. His research lab investigates various experimental treatment strategies to enhance nerve fiber plasticity and regeneration following spinal cord injury, including electrical stimulation to enhance signaling of remaining nerve fibers, replacement of lost neural cells via stem cell-based transplantation and the promotion and guidance of nerve fiber regeneration utilizing scaffolds. 

Dr. Hofstetter’s clinical research focuses on the development of novel minimally invasive motion preserving spinal procedures. In particular he is investigating the use of endoscopic techniques for the treatment of disc herniations and foraminal stenosis. His research efforts strive to improve surgical tools, as wells as, to study clinical outcomes following these procedures. Dr. Hofstetter has extensive research experience in both clinical and basic science research and was awarded a prestigious NREF grant for his research efforts. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and numerous text book chapters and serves as a reviewer for several journals in neurosurgery and neuroscience. 

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