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Our Research Team


Craig McDonald, MD

Craig McDonald, M.D.

Professor and Chairman-Department of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation
Director: Neuromuscular Disease Clinic, NIDRR Rehabilitation Research Training Center in Neuromuscular Diseases, Spina Bifida Program, Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California

Clinical / Research Interests:

Craig McDonald, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in the clinical management and rehabilitation of neuromuscular diseases including muscular dystrophies and the development of novel outcome measures for clinical trials. He also is widely known for his expertise in the management of children and young adults with spinal cord injury and spina bifida.

He has been involved in a multitude of NIH, MDA, CDC and Shriners hospitals national committees and serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry regarding clinical trials in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other muscular dystrophies. He has been on many NIH study sections reviewing research proposals relating to neuromuscular diseases and rehabilitation sciences.

His research has focused on novel clinical endpoint development in neuromuscular diseases, clinical trials and natural history studies in muscular dystrophies, metabolic syndrome, and energy expenditure in childhood disabilities.


 Jay Han, MD

Jay Han, M.D.

Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Director, Neuromuscular Fellowship & Electrodiagnostics Lab
Associate Director, NIDRR-funded RRTC/NMD
Medical Director, CITRIS (http://citris-uc.org/)
Principal Investigator, RISE-funded iWHW at UC Davis

Clinical / Research Interests:

Dr. Han has clinical interests in neuromuscular diseases (NMDs) affecting both adult and pediatric populations, as well as electrodiagnosis/electromyograms (EMGs) for neuromuscular medicine. His research interests focus on the development of innovative functional outcome measures and clinical end points for both research and clinical care.  Dr. Han is investigating development of innovative outcome measures for physical function using sensor and wireless technologies through multi-disciplinary collaboration with engineering and social science researchers. Dr. Han is also interested in development of telemedicine and mobile health (mHealth) applications in physical medicine and rehabilitation for various chronic disease populations and individuals with disabilities.


 Nanette Joyce, DO
Nanette Joyce, D.O.

Assistant Professor

Clinical / Research Interests:

Dr. Joyce’s clinical interests are focused on treating patients, both adult and pediatric, with neuromuscular diseases.  She is the Co-director of the ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic and is an Attending Physician in the electrodiagnostics laboratory.  Her research is currently focused on the application of stem cell therapies in neuromuscular medicine.  She is mentored by Dr. Jan Nolta, Director of the UC Davis Stem Cell Program at the Institute For Regenerative Cures, as a recipient of an early career development award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists and NIH.


 Erik Henricson
Erik Henricson, M.P.H.

Associate Research Director, PM&R Neuromuscular Research Center & NIDRR Rehabilitation Research and Training Center in Neuromuscular Diseases (RRTC/NMD)
Operations Director, UC Davis NeuroNEXT Program

Clinical / Research Interests:

Mr. Henricson’s research interests include development of functional outcome measures for clinical trials, the relationship between functional abilities and quality of life, and neurobehavioral functions of individuals with neuromuscular disorders. He is currently undertaking his PhD in human development, with a focus on cognitive neuroscience and quality of life and physical function in childhood and adolescence in individuals with neuromuscular disorders.