Recipients of research awards announced

Recipients of MSIF's Du Pré grants, McDonald fellowships and Young Investigators’ Award have been announced.

Du Pré grants

Isabella Wimmer, Austria
Isabella, a PhD student from Vienna, will use her grant of £4660 to spend six months at the Theodor‐Kocher‐Institute in Bern, Switzerland with Prof. Dr. Britta Engelhardt, investigating the role of PECAM-1 and podocalyxin in blood-brain barrier integrity and leukocyte trafficking.

Veronica Popescu, Romania
Veronica, a PhD student and neurologist from Romania, will use her grant of €4500 to spend ten weeks at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio with Dr Elizabeth Fisher, on a project validating gray matter atrophy measurements in MS. 

"A new environment is always challenging, and will help me grow; this is why I am very happy and thankful to get this wonderful opportunity not only to finish this current project, but also to establish new contacts, and start new projects."


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Maryam Sharifian, Iran
Maryam, a Neurology resident from Iran, has been awarded a grant of £4500 to spend two months at the University Hospital, in Basel, Switzerland with Prof Ernst Radue, investigating the role of black holes as prognostic factors in converting an initial demyelinating event to Clinically Definite MS.








McDonald fellowships

Aysegul Dilsizoglu, Turkey
Aysegul, a postdoctoral researcher from Turkey, will spend two years in Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris with Prof Catherine Lubetzki, investigating the role of the Axon Initial Segment (AIS) in multiple sclerosis.

"It is a great honour for me to have the MSIF McDonald fellowship that gives me the opportunity to continue my project on MS. I am so happy to be supported for an exciting project which may help us to understand the molecular mechanisms of MS and to contribute to the possible therapeutic approaches."


Amir Malvandi, Iran
Amir, a postgraduate research assistant from Tehran will spend two years at San Raffaele Hospital, Milan under the supervision of Prof Gianvito Martino investigating ‘In vivo reprogramming of somatic cells into oligodendrocytes as a way to promote tissue repair in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis’.

"Feeling awarded is fantastic. But no one could forget the roles of his or her friends, colleagues or mentors, relatives and the ones prepared that award in this feeling. So thanks to all who enabled me to feel that."



Runzhe Shu, China
Runzhe, a postdoctoral researcher from China, will travel to work in Monash University, Australia, with Prof Claude Bernard for two years investigating the use of human induced pluripotent stem cell derived neural progenitor cells as an MS therapy.

"It is a great honour to receive the McDonald fellowship from MSIF. The fellowship will give me the unique opportunity to establish my scientific career in the field of MS research."






MSIF Young Investigators’ Award 2013
Dr Benedetta Bodini from the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square, London, was awarded the MSIF 2013 award for the best oral presentation on a translational project at the ECTRIMS Young Investigator’s session for her presentation on ‘White and grey matter damage in early primary progressive multiple sclerosis: the chicken or the egg?’







As Benedetta was not present to accept award, former MSIF Du Pre grant recipient, Dr Olga Cicarelli presented the award to Dr Declan Chard.

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