Oct 25, 2012
Society Researchers Recognized as “Healthcare Heroes” by Utah Business Magazine
Drs. John Rose and T. Charles Casper were honored by Utah Business magazine as “Healthcare Heroes” for their work in analyzing data about pediatric multiple sclerosis, a study sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The annual awards are designed to recognize the quiet accomplishments of those working to improve the lives of others through healing and hope.
“The work being done by Drs. Rose and Casper will change how the medical community looks at pediatric MS, an often difficult disease to diagnosis and treat in adults let alone in children who are naturally going through changes as they grow and mature,” said Chapter President Annette Royle-Mitchell of the National MS Society Utah-Southern Idaho Chapter. “We are proud to see them recognized and look forward to what they are able to discover with this important research.”
Last year the University of Utah was selected by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to manage the MS Pediatric Data Collection Center that studies and analyzes data collected from the Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence located throughout the country. The project is led by Rose, professor of the University’s Department of Neurology and noted MS neurologist, and Casper, a biostatistician with extensive experience in National Institutes of Health-sponsored studies.
Each year Utah Business recognizes researchers, medical staff, healthcare advocates and administrators in several categories including: Lifetime Achievement, Innovation, Physician, Non-Physician, Volunteer, Community Outreach and Administrative Excellence. The “Heroes” are recognized at the magazine’s award luncheon and also highlighted in the October issue.
Rose and Casper were recognized in the “Innovation” category.
Utah Business magazine
Healthcare Heroes 2012
T. Charles Casper, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Biostatistics
Dr. John Rose, Professor of Neurology, University of Utah; Chief of Neurology, VA Medical Center
A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis typically occurs in one’s midlife, yet more and more children are being diagnosed with this disabling disease. While an official MS diagnosis is difficult (especially in children), early detection is vital. Casper and Rose have dedicated their work to improving the diagnosis process, making it easier and better for all impacted.
The research that Casper and Rose are conducting will provide important clues as to how genes and environment play a role in MS. They are also working to recognize potential triggers that may lead to MS vaccines in the future.
They believe pediatric MS might hold the keys to unlocking the great mystery of the origins, triggers and development of the disease—and could further the quest to end this disease once and for all.
Learn more about Utah Business magazine’s “Healthcare Heroes”.
University of Utah's T. Charles Casper, PhD., with Chapter President Annette Royle-Mitchell at Utah Business magazine's Healthcare Heroes awards luncheon.