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Wisconsin MS Researchers

Michael Carrithers, M.D., Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Michael Carrithers is studying how immune cells move through the body. His primary goal is to develop treatment strategies that will help maintain normal immune surveillance in the brain to treat people with MS.

Dr. Carrithers is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and treats patients at the University Hospital and Clinics MS Clinic and the William S. Middleton Veterans Hospital. Dr. Carrithers is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology. He completed his residency and fellowship at Yale University. He has served on a National MS Society Peer Review Committee.

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Shing-yan (Bill) Chiu, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Bill Chiu is using sophisticated imaging tools to capture “movies” of nerve fibers to study the movement of mitochondria, which generate energy for the myelinated nerve fibers. Mitochondria malfunctions may play a role in MS, so this basic science may eventually lead to a clinical benefit.

Chiu is a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington. Chiu’s research has been supported by the National MS Society for about 30 years.

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Bonnie Dittel, Ph.D. – BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Bonnie Dittel is investigating the role of cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) in immune regulation of the animal model of MS, EAE. She is studying how synthetic and plant-derived cannabinoids that bind to CB2 affect immune system cell activity. This laboratory work may lead to treatments for MS.

Dittel is a Senior Investigator at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin- BloodResearch Institute, located in Milwaukee. She is an assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Minnesota and continued her postdoctoral training at Yale University. Dittel has served as a member of a National MS Society Peer Review Committee.

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Ian Duncan, BVMS, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
Ian Duncan was the recipient of a $3.4 million grant from the National MS Society Promise: 2010 Nervous System Repair and Protection initiative. One of the goals of his research is to repair the myelin sheaths that are damaged in MS. Duncan demonstrated that remyelination can occur in an animal model that has extensive demyelination. His team also studies transplantation of myelin-making cells to repair damage in the nervous system.

Duncan is a professor of neurology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery and doctorate studies at Glasgow University. Duncan is an advocate and fundraiser for the National MS Society, including being a team captain for Bike MS: Best Dam Bike Ride. He also was integral in the film, “Multiple Sclerosis, the Vikings and Nordic Skiing,” which explores the benefits of living a healthy active lifestyle, especially for those diagnosed with MS. It includes footage from past American Birkebeiner events and Bike MS. The film is available for viewing on  the Wisconsin Public Television website, http://video.wpt.org/video/2365133541/.

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Aaron Field, M.D., Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Aaron Field is a world renowned expert in MRI scans. He is developing new methods to increase the sensitivity of scans to detect MS. He is also conducting a study of CCSVI in MS using MRI scans.

Dr. Field is an associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and Director of the Clinical Neuroradiology Fellowship Program for UW medical students. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed the M.D./Ph.D. Program in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago.

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John Fleming, M.D. – University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
John Fleming is studying the ingestion of worm eggs to change the immune response in patients with MS, based on the “hygiene hypothesis,” which suggest that developed countries have high incidences of autoimmune disease because there is little exposure to parasites and other infections.

Dr. Fleming is a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the director of the MS Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Fleming  went to medical school at State University of New York. He completed an internship at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, his Residency at Northshore University Hospital and Cornell University and his Fellowship at the University of Southern California. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Chapter’s Clinical Advisory Committee.

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Colleen Hayes, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Colleen Hayes is researching vitamin D’s role in MS. Hayes is studying how vitamin D and calcitriol, the hormone form of vitamin D, may be used to prevent and treat EAE, an MS-like disease in mice. Hayes and her colleagues are also investigating the interaction between vitamin D and estrogen and the role it may play in controlling MS-like immune attacks.

Hayes is a professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her undergraduate studies at DePauw University and earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan.

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Alexander Ng, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M. - Marquette University
Alexander Ng’s research focuses on symptomatic fatigue in chronic disease with an emphasis on multiple sclerosis and cancer survivors. He looks at various forms of exercise, such as ballroom dancing, and it’s application in MS. 

Ng is an associate professor in the Exercise Science Program at Marquette University. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at the University of California-Davis and earned Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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