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Emerging Opportunities in Multiple Sclerosis and Neurosciences
Dr. Ari Green, Director of the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center, joins MS experts from academia and industry to discuss the promising advances being made towards the treatment of MS.

By WuXi AppTec on September 24, 2020

Michael Wilson, MD wins Trailblazer Award for Clinician-Scientists from the Foundation for the NIH
Dr. Michael Wilson, a clinician-scientist at the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center, named as the 2020 recipient of the Trailblazer Award for Clinician-Scientists from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.
By FNIH on September 18, 2020

Jeffrey Gelfand, MD, MAS, FAAN admitted to UCSF Academy of Medical Educators
Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand, clinician at the UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center, inducted as a member of UCSF’s Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators.
By UCSF AME on September 17, 2020

Jonah Chan, PhD – UCSF MS researcher – recipient of the 2019 NIH Landis Award
Dr. Jonah Chan, a neuroscientist in the UCSF MS/Neuroimmunology group, was named as one of five recipients for the 2019 Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship. Named for the former NINDS director, this award recognizes excellence and dedication to mentorship and training.
By NIH/NINDS on August 14, 2019

Scientists Discover Autoimmune Disease Associated with Testicular Cancer
Utilizing an advanced “programmable phage display” technology, UCSF Drs. Michael Wilson, Joe DeRisi and colleagues make a remarkable discovery of a new autoimmune disease. The same technology holds promise for the discovery and diagnosis of other autoimmune conditions.
By Laura Kurtzman for UCSF on July 5, 2019
See Also: Rare disease discovery: Antibodies fighting cancer go on to attack brain
By Erin Allday for the San Francisco Chronicle on July 14, 2019

By Chan Zuckerberg Biohub on July 18, 2019

Superfast Gene Sequencing Helps Diagnose Critically Ill Patients
Recently published study by UCSF Drs. Michael Wilson, Charles Chiu and colleagues outlines next-generation ‘metagenomic’ test offering an unbiased approach that can detect nearly all possible pathogens – bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites – present in patients’ spinal fluid, giving doctors clear direction for treatment.
By Laura Kurtzman for UCSF on June 12, 2019

TMA Ask the Expert Podcast – Pregnancy and Rare Neuro-immune Disorders
This episode of the Transverse Myelitis Association Ask the Expert podcast features UCSF Dr. Riley Bove speaking alongside fellow expert Dr. Michael Levy (Johns Hopkins) on pregnancy and rare neuro-immune disorders.
By The Transverse Myelitis Association on December 20, 2018

Science Friction Podcast – Robbie and the DNA detectives
This fascinating episode of the Science Friction podcast chronicles a striking medical mystery and the remarkable efforts of UCSF Professors Michael Wilson and Joe DeRisi to help find answers using cutting edge methods.
By Natasha Mitchell for ABC RN on April 14, 2018

Neurology Podcast – Infliximab for the treatment of central nervous system sarcoidosis
A featured guest on the Nov 14th episode of the Neurology Podcast, Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand discusses a recently published study on infliximab as a treatment of central nervous system sarcoidosis.
By Neurology on November 14, 2017

"Beating Multiple Sclerosis: A Story of B-cells, from Bench to Bedside and Back Again"
2017 Taubman Lecture by Dr. Stephen L. Hauser

Recipient of the prestigious 2017 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research, Dr. Stephen L. Hauser speaks about his decades-long pursuit to unravel the mysteries of Multiple Sclerosis.

By A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute on October 25, 2017

Allergy Drug Improves Function in Patients with Chronic Injury from Multiple Sclerosis
Recent publication of phase II clinical trial reveal the first time in which a drug has been shown to reliably restore any brain function damaged by a neurological disease in human patients.
By Devika Bansal for UCSF on October 10, 2017

Christy Sheehy, PhD collects multiple prizes at the second annual UCSF Postdoc Slam Competition!
Christy Sheehy, PhD, one of our many talented MS researchers, claimed both the Runner-Up and People's Choice awards for her exciting work designing and building one of the world’s most sensitive eye trackers.
By Mitzi Baker for UCSF on September 25, 2017

Gut Microbes May Influence Multiple Sclerosis Progression
Researchers at UCSF have identified specific gut microbes associated with multiple sclerosis in human patients, and show that these microbes take part in regulating immune responses in mouse models of the disease.
By Nicholas Weiler for UCSF on September 11, 2017

Virtual Clinical Trials: Getting the Whole Picture in MS
Featuring results from UCSF's own FITRiMS study, the article sheds light on how virtual visits using remote technologies and devices can help improve access, enrollment, diversity, and even the quality of data gathered in clinical trials.
By Sarah Owens for Neurology Today on September 7, 2017

Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics Now Available at UCSF
Now made available through the UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics (NGDx), a new and exciting single test can distinguish among a vast range of infections.
By Laura Kurtzman for UCSF on July 13, 2017

DNA test hailed as an advance over standard procedures for diagnosing brain infections
Pioneered by UCSF Drs. Michael Wilson, Joseph DeRisi, and Charles Chiu, a groundbreaking new DNA test is helping to diagnose otherwise elusive and previously-undectable infections of the brain.
By Kat McGowan for Scientific American on June 22, 2017

Managing Pregnancy When You Have MS
Dr. Riley Bove, alongside doctors from other institutions, discuss ways to help women manage pregnancy while having MS.
By Heidi Godman for US News & World Report on June 16, 2017

How to Choose the Right Assistive Walking Device When You Have MS
Dr. Riley Bove, alongside doctors from other institutions, offer their insight on the changing landscape of MS disability progression, and discuss appropriate ways to navigate and consider the various assistive devise options.
By Heidi Godman for US News & World Report on May 19, 2017

After 40-year odyssey, first drug for aggressive MS wins FDA approval
Following the highly anticipated FDA approval of the MS drug Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus), explore the enduring, and at times uncertain path leading to it's creation.
By Ron Winslow for STAT News on March 28, 2017

Facebook Live Q&A with Neurologist & MS Expert, Dr. Sherman Jia
Join us on Thursday, March 30th from 5-6PM (PDT) to watch Dr. Sherman Jia, one of our promising Fellows, field questions live on Healthline!

Positive Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Trial Results Support New Treatment Approach
Dr. Stephen L. Hauser, alongside the highly anticipated publication of Phase III trial results, explains the ‘unprecedented’ effects of Ocrevus on the relapsing form of MS.
By Pete Farley on December 21, 2016

Think Like a Doctor: The Painter’s Headaches
Follow along with neuroimmunology expert Dr. Jeffrey Gelfand as he works to solve this case.
By Lisa Sanders, MD on November 3, 2016

California-wide initiative to bring precision medicine to patients
Dr. Riley Bove and the MS BioScreen: “Making it work”, in partnership with Sutter Healthcare and the National MS Society.
California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine, 2016

Promoting remyelination in MS treatment
Our Medical Director Dr. Ari Green, focuses on the visual system.
Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre, 2016

The new Weill Institute for Neurosciences: Building the Brain Clinics of the Future
Dr. Riley Bove teams up with Doctors from other Neurology and Psychiatry groups across the new UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences to reimagine clinical care.
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences on October 27, 2016

In children with MS, a “vitamin D genetic risk score” may predict relapses
Pediatric MS Drs. Graves and Waubant present data from the International Pediatric MS Network.
By Brian Hoyle on October 18, 2016

How does MS change as women move towards menopause and beyond?
Dr. Riley Bove’s research to date has focused on shedding light on the menopausal transition in women with MS. She is currently leading a hormone trial.
How Does Menopause Affect Women With MS?
By Alisa Woods, PhD on June 16, 2016
The Latest News On MS And Hormones – MCP’s Empowered By Dr. Riley Bove
By Kate Milliken on July 26, 2016

The bacteria that live in our guts may shape our risk of developing immune disease
UCSF researcher Dr. Sergio Baranzini is leading an international study to find the culprits.
Baranzini Lab, UCSF on April 22, 2016

Aging Ovaries May Signal Imminent Progression of MS
Drs. Graves and Oksenberg report that declines in levels of anti-mullerian hormone (AMH), a measure of ovarian reserve, may predict brain volume loss.
By Caroline Helwick on February 22, 2016

News Archives

2015 Society Leadership Conference Research Panel
Dr. Ari Green and other leading MS researchers discuss recent topics at the 2015 Society Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, TX.

NMSS on Nov 17, 2015

An exciting update to the B cell story
Dr. Stephen Hauser discusses the promising future for B cell therapies.
By Erin Biba on Oct 8, 2015

Next-Gen Genomic Tests Identify Brain-Eating Amoeba
New UCSF Center Aims to Make Tests More Affordable and Accessible to Doctors.
By Nicholas Weiler on September 8, 2015

New Center Will Advance Life-Saving Genome-Based Diagnostic Tools
UCSF-Designed Tests Pinpoint Rare Infectious Agents Far More Rapidly Than Conventional Methods
By Pete Farley on August 20, 2015

Learning About Neuroprotection for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
Q&A With Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant

MD Magazine on Apr 29, 2015

Potential new therapeutics and the influence of diet
Interview with Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant on potential new therapeutics and the influence of diet.
Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre, 2015

Striking a Nerve: Allergy Drug Tested for MS
Ari Green, MD and Jonah Chan, PhD launch a clinical trial to evaluate the active ingredient in Tavist as a possible remyelinating agent for patients with multiple sclerosis.
John Gever for MedPage Today February 06, 2014

What to know about clinical trials and MS
Q & A with Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant
JHo Editor February 04, 2014

Barancik Prize winner aims for myelin repair
Jonah Chan, PhD, focuses on the potential of existing drugs to repair myelin.
Vicky Uhland for NMSS Momentum Magazine, 2014

Multiple Sclerosis: Five sources to seek after diagnosis
Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree and the UCSF MS Center support group were recognized as a top resource in the Bay Area by the San Jose Mercury News after a diagnosis of MS.
By Jessica Yadegaran on 05/13/2013

Nutrition and MS
Dr. Elizabeth Crabtree discusses nutrition and its impact on MS.

Sorop Sounding Board on Apr 17, 2013

UCSF Neurologist Wins Top International Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research
Stephen Hauser Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
April 05, 2013

Scientists Identify Key Biological Mechanism in Multiple Sclerosis
Imaging Study Finds Potential New Target to Combat Disease
By Anne Holden on November 30, 2012

Pictures from Pediatric MS Family Day

Center Without Walls Research Project - Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, PhD - UCSF
Meet Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant, Associate Professor of Neurology, Director Regional Pediatric MS Center at UCSF, and Director of the Nancy Davis Center Without Walls program. Here is an overview of her latest research - Pediatric MS.

UC San Francisco tests new class of MS drugs
Advances in MRI technology and cellular engineering are giving new hope to people fighting Multiple sclerosis. SmartPlanet visits the University of California at San Francisco and talks to Dr. Emannuelle Waubant about new drug therapy that is reducing brain lesions and cutting down on relapse for patients.

Charlie Rose Brain Series 2, Episode 9: Multiple Sclerosis
Dr. Stephen Hauser and colleagues talk about the current state of MS research and treatment interventions.

Vitamin D
Dr. Stephen Hauser talks about Vitamin D with regard to multiple sclerosis.

A GWAS Gets Into Shape
Researchers connect gene variants to structure of brain lesions
By Mitch Leslie on 14 Feb 2013