Dr. Geddes's current research interests focus primarily on developing an highly reproducible pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury model using immature rodents to study the safety and efficacy of threaputically treating neonatal and prebubescent victims of severe head trauma (and strokes) with the pleiotropic neurosteroid progesterone and or its metabolite allopregnanolone, post injury.
Highly interested in translational research, Dr. Geddes (Ras) is working in collaboration with medically trained colleagues at Emory and University of Michigan to gather preclinical data to be used for upcoming multi-centered pediatric clinical trials intended on using progesterone therapeatically in young patients.
His previous works include 2 peer-reviewed publications, one in the field of neonatal hypoxic-ischemia (in rat pups) and the other on reward learning, condition taste aversion (CTA), drug-induced avoidance, and thalamococrtical gustatory processing in the rodent brain.
Rastafa I. Geddes is a former Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) recipent (Class of '94) from Binghamton University where he trained and excelled as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar while earning his Bachelors in Psychology (1998).
Ras earned his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2010), both in Neuroscience, from the Pennsylvania State University, at the College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania (USA).
With great excitement and enthusiasm, he begins his long awaited postdoctoral experience by joining the Brain Research Laboratory here at Emory, where he is being mentored by Dr. Donald G. Stein.