David W. Cadotte

Assistant Professor

Clinical Neurosciences, Radiology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Contact information


Office : HSC2918

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Spinal Cord / Nerve Injury & Pain

Research activities

I am interested in advanced imaging of the human spinal cord and spinal column. This work aims to develop and utilize novel MRI techniques and specialized post-acquisition processing tools to better understand traumatic and degenerative conditions of the human spine. Along with the University of Calgary Spine group, the largest of its kind in Canada, I hope to initiate large prospective clinical trials that will study how the aging spine and injured spinal cord impact the lives of people in Southern Alberta and how specialized surgical procedures can be best utilized to maintain a high quality of life for these individuals.




  • 1st Prize - Gallie Bateman Award for Best Work by a Surgeon Scientist Trainee in the Department of Surgery, UToronto 2014
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Professional Fellowship Award granted for the project titled: Characterizing the spinal cord neurovascular response to sensory stimuli using functional optical coherence tomography 2012
  • Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Post-doctoral fellowship grant for the submission of: Functional MRI evaluation of the human spinal cord: establishing the sensitivity and specificity of different stimulation paradigms 2012
  • Cervical Spine Research Society – Post-doctoral fellowship award for investigation of the injured human spinal cord 2009
  • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) - Post-doctoral Fellowship Grant Spinal Cord Injury Research for the project titled: Functional magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of the injured human spinal cord: an assessment of recovery and functional plasticity 2009