Akiva S. Cohen, PhD

Akiva S. Cohen, PhD
Akiva S. Cohen, PhD, is a Researcher in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Graduate Degree

PhD in Biophysics - University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
MS in Zoology - University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Titles and Academic Titles


Research Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services




Mao S, Xiong G, Zhang L, Dong H, Liu B, Cohen NA, Cohen AS.  (2016)  Verification of the cross immunoreactivity of  A60, a mouse monocolonal anibody against neuronal nuclear Protein. Frontiers in Neuroanatomy. 10:54.

Beamer M, Tummala SR, Gullotti D, Kopil K, Gorka S, Ted Abel, Bass CR, Morrison B 3rd, Cohen AS, Meaney DF. (2016)  Primary blast injury causes cognitive impairments and hippocampal circuit alterations. Experimental Neurology. 283:16

Kimball BA, Cohen AS, Gordon AR, Opiekun M, Martin T, Elkind J, Lundström JN, Beauchamp GK.  (2016)  Brain Injury Alters Volatile Metabolome.  Chemical Senses. 41:407.

Palmer CP, Metheny HE, Elkind JA, Cohen AS.  (2016) Diminished amygdala activation and behavioral threat  response following traumatic brain injury.  Experimental Neurology. 277:215.

Paterno R, Metheny H, Xiong G, Elkind J,Cohen AS. (2016) Mild traumatic brain injury decreases broadband power in area CA1. Journal of Neurotrauma.  33:1645  


Yuan F, Xiong G, Cohen NA, Cohen AS.  (2015). Optimized protocol of methanol treatment for immunofluorescent staining in fixed brain slices. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol. 2017 Mar;25(3):221-224. doi: 10.1097/PAI.0000000000000293.

Smith CJ, Xiong, G, Elkind JA, Putnam B, Cohen AS.  (2015). Brain Injury impairs working memory and prefrontal circuit function. Frontiers in Neurology.  6:240

Elkind JA, Lim MM, Putnam BJ, Kirschen MP, Cohen AS. (2015).  Efficacy and Longevity of Dietary Therapy for Brain Injury. Frontiers in Neurology.  6:73

Xiong G, Redding K, Chen B, Cohen AS, Noam A.  Cohen NA. (2015).  Non-specific immunostaining by a rabbit antibody against gustducin α subunit in mouse brain. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry 63: 79-87.

Posters and Presentations

Lectures by Invitation


Cohen AS. “Traumatic Brain Injury: it’s all about balance”.  Keynote Speaker Neuroscience Research Day.  Syracuse University; 2017 Apr 7; Syracuse, NY.

Cohen AS. “Frontolimbic Excitatory/Inhibitory Synaptic Imbalances and Dietary Therapy following Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Invited Seminar Speaker in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas Health Science Center; 2017 Feb 23; Houston, TX.

Cohen AS. “Brain-injury induced hippocampal  Excitatory/Inhibitory imbalances  contribute to episodic-like spatial  memory impairment”. Winter Conference on Brain research; 2017 Feb 2; Big Sky, MT.


Cohen AS. “Excitatory/Inhibitory Synaptic Imbalance and Dietary Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Keynote Speaker Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research; 2016 Aug 27; Queenstown, New Zealand.

Cohen AS. “Frontolimbic Excitatory/Inhibitory Synaptic Imbalances contribute to cognitive impairment caused by Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Invited speaker National Neurotrauma Association Annual Meeting; 2016 Jun 28; Lexington, Ky.

Cohen AS. “Excitatory/Inhibitory Synaptic Imbalance and Dietary Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Invited speaker Association for Chemoreception Sciences Annual Meeting; 2016 Apr 22; Bonita Springs, Fl.

Cohen AS. “Brain-injury induced prefrontal cortex circuit dysfunction contributes to working memory impairment”.  Invited speaker Winter Conference on Brain research; 2016 Jan 27; Beaver Run, Co.


Cohen AS. “Excitatory/Inhibitory Synaptic Imbalance and Dietary Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury”.  Invited speaker Spring Hippocampal research Conference; 2015 Jun 10; Taormina, Sicily.

Cohen AS. “Traumatic Brain Injury, It’s All About Balance”. Invited Speaker at the CHOP Scientific Symposium; 2015 May 5; Philadelphia, PA.

Cohen AS. “Excitatory/Inhibitory Synaptic Imbalance and Dietary Therapy Following Traumatic Brain Injury”. Winter Conference on Brain research;  2015 May 5; Big Sky, MT.

Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

2017, Keynote Speaker, 3rd Annual Neuroscience Research Day, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
2016, Keynote speaker Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Injury, Queenstown, New Zealand
2014, NIH MERIT award
2010, Cambridge Who’s Who
1999, Florence R.C. Murray Fellowship, Joseph Stokes Research Institute
1998, Research Training Fellowship, Epilepsy Foundation of America
1997, Postdoctoral National Research Service Award
1995, Young investigator travel award, Health Council of New Zealand
1983, Microbiological Honor Society
1982-1983, Academic Honors, Dean’s List, University of Maryland College Park

Editorial and Academic Positions

2016-present, Editorial Board Member Journal of Neurotrauma 
2015-present, Acting Editor Frontiers Systems Neuroscience 

Ad-hoc Reviewer

2015-present, Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 
2015-present, eNeuro
2010-present, Journal of Physiology (Lond.)  
2009-present, Journal of Neurochemistry  
2009-present, Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
2008-present, Experimental Brain Research  
2008-present, Journal of Neuroscience Research  
2007-present, Journal of Neurophysiology  
2007-present, Free Radical Biology and Medicine 
2007-present, Journal of Neuroscience  
2005-present, Neurobiology of Disease  
2005-present, Neuroscience Letters  
2005-present, Neurochemistry International  
2004-present, Journal of Neurotrauma  
2004-present, Brain Research 

Institutional Committees

2016-present, Senior Fellow Center of Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Leadership and Memberships

National Societies

Society for Neuroscience
American Physiological Society
American Epilepsy Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
National Neurotrauma Society
International Brain Research Organization