2016 Young Investigators' Award

From left to right: Prof David Miller, Prof Xavier Montalban, Prof Olga Ciccarelli and winner of the MSIF 2016 Young Investigators' Award Dr Alissa Rothman

The Young Investigators Award is given for the best oral presentation of a translational project by a young researcher at the annual congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research into Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS).

The winner, who receives a £1,500 prize, is selected by a panel appointed by the MS International Federation.

Dr Alissa Rothman from Johns Hopkins school of Medicine, USA, was the 2016 award winner for her presentation titled ‘Retinal measurements predict 10-year disability in multiple sclerosis’ which outlined her work using Optical Coherence Tomography as a tool to predict neurodegeneration and disease progression over time in people with MS.

The award for 2015 was given to Dr Mauricio Farez from Argentina for his presentation titled ‘Melatonin contributes to the seasonality of multiple sclerosis relapses’. This work was done in collaboration with Prof Jorge Correale (FLENI, Argentina) and Prof Francis Quintana (Harvard Medical School, USA) and has recently been published in Cell (Pubmed ID: 26359987).

The 2014 winner was Dr Nicolas Schwab from the University Clinic of Münster, for his presentation entitled ‘VLA-4 blockade promotes differential routes into human CNS involving PSGL-1-rolling of T cells and MCAM-adhesion of TH17 cells’.

Dr Benedetta Bodini, a postdoctoral researcher from the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square, London, was the winner of the 2013 award for her presentation entitled ‘White and grey matter damage in early primary-progressive multiple sclerosis: the chicken or the egg?’

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