David B. Pettigrew, PhD

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Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Telephone: 706-721-6196 
Email: dapettigrew@augusta.edu

Mailing Address:
Augusta University
1120 15th Street, CA3018 
Augusta, GA 30912

Research Interests

My research interests lie in developing computational platforms for self-directed medical education and analytic approaches to curriculum evaluation.


1992 B.S., Computer Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

1994 M.S., Computer Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

2000 PhD., Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Post Doctoral Training

2001-2003 Keck Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas

2003-2006 Neurosurgery Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Selected Publications

Harwell, D.M., J.L. Gibson, R.D. Fessler, J. Holtz, D.B. Pettigrew, D.B., C. Kuntz IV. The pia mater significantly contributes to spinal cord intraparenchymal pressure in a simulated model of edema.  In press: Spine (Phila Pa 1976).

Pettigrew, D.B., R.D. Fessler, C.W. Farley, S. Al-Nafi, J.R. Holtz, N.D. Wiebracht, A.C. Look, C. Kuntz IV. Spinal cord intramedullary pressure in thoracic scoliotic deformity: a cadaveric study.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 40(4):E242-7 (2015).

Winestone, J.S., C.W. Farley, B.A. Curt, A. Chavanne, N. Dollin, D.B. Pettigrew, and C. Kuntz, IV. Laminectomy, durotomy, and piotomy effects on spinal cord intramedullary pressure in severe cervical and thoracic kyphotic deformity: a cadaveric study. J Neurosurg Spine, 16(2):195-200 (2012). 

Farley, C.W., B.A. Curt, D.B. Pettigrew, J.R. Holtz, N. Dollin and C. Kuntz, IV. Spinal cord intramedullary pressure in thoracic kyphotic deformity: a cadaveric study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 37(4):E224-30 (2012). 

Chavanne, A., D.B. Pettigrew, J.R. Holtz, N. Dollin and C. Kuntz, IV. Spinal cord intramedullary pressure in cervical kyphotic deformity: a cadaveric study.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 36(20):1619-26 (2011).

Pettigrew, D.B., B.A. Curt, R.B. Anderson, P.A. Wilsey and C. Kuntz, IV. Virtual pre-operative measurement and surgical manipulation of sagittal spinal alignment using a novel research and education software program.  Neurosurgical Focus, 28(3):E2 (2010). 

Cramer, D.E., P.C. Maher, D.B. Pettigrew and C. Kuntz, IV. Major neurological deficit immediately after adult spinal surgery: incidence and etiology over 10 years at a single institution. Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, 22(8):565-70 (2009). 

Kuntz, IV, C., C.I. Shaffrey, S.L. Ondra, A.A. Durrani, P.V. Mummaneni, L.S. Levin and D.B. Pettigrew. Spinal deformity: a new classification derived from neutral upright spinal alignment measurements in asymptomatic juvenile, adolescent, adult, and geriatric individuals. Neurosurgery, 63(3 Suppl):25-39 (2008). 

Shelton, S.B., D.B. Pettigrew, A.D. Hermann, W. Zhou, P.M. Sullivan, K.A. Crutcher and K.I. Strauss. A simple, efficient tool for assessment of mice after unilateral cortex injury. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 168(2):431-42 (2007). 

Pettigrew, D.B., Y.-Q. Li, C. Kuntz, IV and K.A. Crutcher. Global expression of NGF promotes sympathetic axonal growth in CNS white matter but does not alter its parallel orientation. Experimental Neurology, 203(1):95-109 (2007). 

Pettigrew, D.B., P. Smolen, D.A. Baxter and J.H. Byrne. Dynamic properties of regulatory motifs associated with induction of three temporal domains of memory in Aplysia. Journal of Computational Neuroscience, 18:163-81 (2005). 

Pettigrew, D.B., K.P. Shockley and K.A. Crutcher. Disruption of spinal cord white matter and sciatic nerve geometry inhibits axonal growth in vitro in the absence of glial scarring. BMC Neuroscience, 2:8 (2001).  

Pettigrew, D.B and K.A. Crutcher. Myelin contributes to the parallel orientation of axonal growth on white matter in vitro. BMC Neuroscience, 2:9 (2001). 

Pettigrew, D.B., L. Levin and K.A. Crutcher. Sympathetic neurite growth on CNS sections is region-specific and unaltered by aging. Neurobiology of Aging, 21(5):629-38 (2000).

Pettigrew, D.B. and K.A. Crutcher. White matter of the CNS supports or inhibits neurite outgrowth in vitro depending on geometry. Journal of Neuroscience, 19(19):8358-66 (1999).