McDonald Fellowship recipients 2023
The McDonald Fellowships enable young researchers from low- and middle-income countries to work in a research institution outside their own country, with a view to returning to their country to establish an MS research program involving the application of their newly learned techniques.
MSIF-ECTRIMS McDonald Fellowship
Dr Enkhzaya Chuluunbaatar from Mongolia was awarded the 2023 MSIF-ECTRIMS McDonald Fellowship.
She will be conducting a 2-year project with Professor Helen Tremlett at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr Enkhzaya Chuluunbaatar will conduct a project titled “The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Prodrome: physical morbidity prior to MS onset and associations with disease outcomes (PrOMS-phys)”.
This Fellowship is sponsored by our partner, the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS).
MSIF-ARSEP McDonald Fellowship
Dr Bruna Klein da Costa from Brazil was awarded the 2023 MSIF-ARSEP McDonald Fellowship.
She will be conducting a 2-year project with Professor Brenda Banwell at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA, conducting a project titled “Prediction of MOGAD in the differential diagnosis of pediatric MS and other CNS inflammatory diseases in lower resource settings”.
This Fellowship is sponsored by our partner, the Fondation d’Aide pour la Recherche sur la Sclerose en Plaques (ARSEP).
We are tremendously grateful for the support and continued partnership of ARSEP and ECTRIMS. Without them, these fellowships would not be possible.
2023 Du Pré Grant recipients
The MSIF Du Pré Grant enables MS researchers and clinicians from low- and middle-income countries to make short visits (up to six months) to established MS research centres, outside of their own country.
Dr Fiifi Duodu from Ghana will conduct a 6-month project with Prof Deanna Saylor in Zambia, establishing a national registry of MS to describe the epidemiology and clinical characteristics of MS in Ghana.
Dr Vanesa Soledad Mattera from Argentina will conduct a 4-month project with Professor Stephen Fancy at the University of California, San Francisco, USA, studying why some specific cortical neurons are lost in progressive MS.