Karen Lee is the current Vice-President of Research at the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, where she oversees day-to-day research operations and provides leadership to a broad range of initiatives set in motion to find the cure for MS and improve the quality of life for people who are affected by MS. Through this effort, Karen works closely with and provides support to an exceptional community of clinicians, scientists, health charities and private industry stakeholders both in Canada and internationally. In addition to this role, Karen serves as the Managing Director for the endMS Research and Training Network, where she provides leadership to regional training centres across the country and ensures effective implementation of programs to attract and retain MS researchers.
Karen completed an Honours B.Sc. at the University of Western Ontario, followed by a Ph.D. in Cellular Molecular Medicine from the University of Ottawa. Karen possessed a strong interest in understanding the cellular mechanisms in multiple sclerosis and devoted much of her research to understanding repair mechanisms in MS. During graduate school, Karen served on the MS Society Board of Directors for the Ottawa Chapter. Today, Karen is still an active volunteer in her community and enjoys golfing and running during her free time.