MOG Antibody Disease: Adult and Pediatric Presentations
October 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Leslie Benson, MD
Dr. Leslie Benson is an attending physician in the Department of Neurology and the assistant director of the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Program and Pediatric Neuro-Immunology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. She completed medical school at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and pediatric training at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and child neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital prior to a 2-year fellowship in neuro inflammatory diseases. Dr. Benson is board certified in child neurology and her clinical work is focused on care of children and young adults affect by neuro-inflammatory disease including MS, transverse myelitis, AFM, optic neuritis including MOG antibody associated disease and ROHHAD syndrome among others. She is involved in collaborative clinical research aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of these diseases.
Michael Levy, MD, PhD
Dr. Michael Levy is an Associate Neurologist at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic and Research Laboratory, and Research Director in the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Levy specializes in taking care of patients with neuroimmunologic diseases including multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis and neuromyelitis optica. In the laboratory, Dr. Levy’s research focus is on the development of neural stems for regenerative therapy in these diseases. He uses rat and mouse models to test the survival, differentiation and functional capacity of human neural stem cells to improve neurologic function in post-inflammatory conditions. The goal of his laboratory and clinical effort is to translate the basic science stem cell work to a human trial in transverse myelitis and other neuroimmunologic diseases.
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