The ECTRIMS congress is a great place for researchers, clinicians, neurologists, multiple sclerosis (MS) Societies, organizations to all meet up and discuss the progress of developments in the MS field. It is also an opportunity for the MS Society research team to catch up with some of the researchers that we directly or indirectly fund. The research team had the opportunity to connect with some of our fantastic researchers that are working on the Canadian Pediatric Demyelinating Disease study, led by Dr. Brenda Banwell, Chief of the Division of Child Neurology and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Introducing Dr. Robert Brown and Dr. Giulia Fadda:
Dr. Robert Brown is a research associate at the Montreal Neurological Institute, where his main research focus is the study of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of MS throughout the age span. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Athabasca and completed his doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Calgary, working on MRI of stroke and brain tumours. His current research focuses on developing new imaging and analysis techniques to study MS in children.
Dr. Giulia Fadda is a post-doctoral research fellow in Dr. Amit Bar-Or’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her neurology training in 2016 at the University of Sassari, Italy, with a clinical focus on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and related disorders. Her main research interests are the biological alterations associated with MS and their correlation with imaging abnormalities. In the last few years, her work has been particularly focused on the study of MS and other demyelinating diseases in children, with the aim of disclosing the features associated with the onset of the disease during developmental age, and to apply these findings to further understand the processes in play in the more common adult-onset MS.
Check out our interview of these researchers at the conference:
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