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Philadelphia Researcher Awarded by AAN Foundation for Pediatric MS Research

Amy T. Waldman, MD, Receives 2007 National MS Society-AAN Clinician Scientist Development Award

ST. PAUL, Minn – The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation is awarding the 2007 National Multiple Sclerosis Society–AAN Foundation Clinician Scientist Development Award to Amy T. Waldman, MD, with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), for her work in developing methods to determine the visual and neurological outcomes of children with multiple sclerosis (MS). Waldman will receive the award during the American Academy of Neurology's 59th Annual Meeting in Boston, held April 28-May 5, 2007. The National MS Society–AAN Foundation Clinician Scientist Development Award is designed to encourage MS clinical research with the goal of providing better treatment, prevention or cure for the disorder. Waldman’s work involves developing measures of visual and neurological function in children with MS compared to healthy children. “A leading cause of visual and neurological disability among young and middle aged adults, MS is increasingly recognized as a disorder that occurs in childhood and adolescence,” said Waldman. “But the diagnosis and treatment of MS in children is challenging since there are few clinical trials of possible therapies. That’s why identifying clinical outcome measures, quality of life scales, and structural biomarkers of disease, is crucial to designing more clinical trials for pediatric MS.” The fellowship also provides tuition reimbursement for education in clinical research methodology. The fellowship is supported by the AAN Foundation Corporate Roundtable. The 59th Annual Meeting takes place in the Hynes Convention Center. It is the world’s largest annual gathering of neurologists.

The American Academy of Neurology Foundation works with the American Academy of Neurology to support education and research for the prevention, treatment and cure of neurologic disorders. The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 20,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to improving patient care through education and research. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. For more information, visit www.neurofoundation.org.


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