Akiva S. Cohen, PhD

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

Locations: Main Hospital

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 monoclonal antibody 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