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Research news: How Dr. David Miller revolutionized our understanding of MS

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
How Dr. David Miller revolutionized our understanding of MS
by Sara Bernstein

The John Dystel Prize for MS Research is awarded for outstanding contributions to research in understanding, treating, or preventing multiple sclerosis. Few people have affected our understanding of MS more than the 2009 winner of this prize, Professor David H. Miller, MD, FRCP (Institute of Neurology, University College London). Dr. Miller’s research on the imaging of MS—creating a window to the brain and spinal cord with MRI and other techniques—substantially changed how we think about the disease, and how we study its course.

Picturing people with MS
Dr. Miller’s interest in MS imaging began early in his career. “When I was completing my clinical training in neurology in the mid 1980s, the opportunity came up to be a research fellow in the newly created Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (another name for MRI) Research Unit at the Institute of Neurology in London,” he said. “I was very impressed by how sensitive MRI was at showing tissue damage in MS. I had an excellent supervisor and mentor in Professor Ian McDonald and enjoyed those two years a lot—so I have since continued in that field.”

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