Jean Martin Charcot made the first diagnosis of MS in 1868, the Charcot Award recognises a lifetime of outstanding research into the understanding or treatment of MS.
Jean Martin Charcot, born in Paris in 1825, is considered by many to be the founder of modern neurology.
In 1868, as Professor of Neurology at the University of Paris, he made the first diagnosis of MS and his clinical-pathological definition is still used today.
For much of his career Charcot worked and taught at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris where, in 1882, he established a neurology clinic, the first of its kind in Europe.
Since 1969, the Charcot award has recognised the significance of Charcot’s studies into neurological diseases and his pioneering work. This led him to be one of the first to match specific anatomical lesions to a variety of neurological disorders, including MS.
The MS International Federation gives the Charcot Award every two years for a lifetime of achievement in outstanding research into the understanding or treatment of MS.
The winner is invited to give the Charcot Lecture at the European Committee of Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS) meeting and at the biennial the MS International Federation council meeting.
The award covers the costs of the winner’s travel, accommodation and expenses to attend the above meetings, up to UK £5,000. In addition, the winner is awarded UK £1,500.
How is the Charcot Award made?
Once every two years, members of our international scientific and medical board are invited to submit nominations for the Charcot Award to the board’s executive committee, which makes the final decision.