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2014 Scientific Researchers Hall of Fame

Simon Gregory, PhD, BASc

Dr. Simon Gregory’s work in genetics has led to exciting advances and opened up a new field of research with respect to how the IL7R contributes to the development of MS; this area of research holds promise for new treatment strategies. Dr. Gregory’s contributions to MS research and his influence in the scientific community have been enhanced by his willingness to volunteer time and expertise over the past seven years. He has engaged donors, informed people affected by MS and energized other researchers to focus on MS. Dr. Gregory takes great interest in educating people about advances in MS research, such as providing updates to people affected by MS – including the local young-adult group, Modern Society, – the local board of trustees, and the local Clinical Advisory Committee. He is currently Associate Research Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine.

Robert Motl, PhD

Dr. Rob Motl has been a leading researcher in the field of exercise and MS since his first study was funded by the Society in 2003. He has devoted his efforts to substantiating the impact of exercise through his research lab and in training rehabilitation specialists. Dr. Motl recently established the Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory (ENRL) where state-of-the-art lab equipment is used for exercise testing and training for people living with MS. He is mentoring a new generation young researchers in exercise neuroscience with five PhD students, one post-doctorate research associate and 10 undergraduates all working in the ENRL. Dr. Motl is Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as well as a regular participant and supporter of Walk MS.

Alexander Ng

For the past 20 years, Alexander Ng has volunteered with the Society including holding research tours for the local board of trustees, donors and other key stakeholders, as well as informing thousands of people affected by MS about exercise and research related to MS through his presentations. He works as a clinical exercise physiologist to promote wellness in people with MS through Can Do MS. As an associate professor in the Exercise Science Program at Marquette University and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Ng focuses his research on symptomatic fatigue in chronic disease with an emphasis on MS. He looks at various forms of exercise, such as ballroom dancing, and its application in MS. His enthusiasm for new research ideas and improving quality of life in MS is truly contagious.

Amy Lovett-Racke, PhD

Dr. Amy Lovett-Racke has been a leader in the MS research resolution, focused on immunology and MS, specifically the study of disease pathogenesis and the development of novel therapies. She and her husband, Dr. Michael Racke, MD, have served as mentors for many students, residents, fellows and faculty. Dr. Racke has volunteered on Society committees and has received awards for her work including the Society’s Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award. This award was also given to her husband, making them the only husband and wife team to have both received that honor. Dr. Racke currently serves as an Associate Professor of Microbial Infection and Immunity at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Michael K. Racke, MD

A Society fellow in the late 1980s, Dr. Michael K. Racke has dedicated his career to helping people living with MS. He is known for his research in immunology and MS, and he and his wife, Dr. Amy Lovett-Racke, PhD, were the first to study fumarates in the animal model of MS, and have led the way in examining the immune response in patients with MS. Their work has resulted in clinical trials for medications and treatments. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Racke has volunteered on many Society committees and received numerous awards. Dr. Racke is currently Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics, as well as Chairman of Neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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