Caroline C. Whitacre, Ph.D. is Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at The Ohio State University, where she also serves as Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research, Vice Dean for Research at the College of Medicine and Public Health, and Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Whitacre, who began her professional career as a fellow of the MS Society, has been at the forefront of cutting-edge research into the immune attack and was among the first to explore why MS affects women and men differently, and why it occurs more frequently in females. In the late 1990s, she chaired a Society task force on the subject, stimulating new research and clinical trials of sex hormones. Dr. Whitacre, who is a long standing volunteer of the MS Society, has served on a number of Society committees including the Charting Our Future Task Force.
Dr. John Richert, the Society’s Executive Vice President of Research & Clinical Programs, joining us today to moderate this call. Dr. Richert has been with the Society since 2005 and in his role heads the world’s leading MS biomedical, clinical, and healthcare policy research initiatives and oversees the Society’s extensive professional information and education programs. Dr. Richert is a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical School and completed his residency in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic. He is a former Society fellow and served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Professor of Neurology, and Director of the Georgetown MS Research Center prior to joining the Society’s staff.