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National MS Society Mourns the Passing of Dr. John Kurtzke

December 8, 2015

National MS Society Mourns the Passing of Dr. John Kurtzke
 
Dr. John Kurtzke, pioneering neuroepidemiologist, noted MS researcher and creator of the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) to measure the disability status of people with multiple sclerosis has passed away.
 
Dr. Kurtzke was the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and received several awards throughout his career, including the 1997 Dystel prize for MS research awarded jointly by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology.
 
Learn more about his life and many accomplishments:
www.mscare.org/news/263015/John-F.-Kurtzke-MD-REMEMBERED.htm
http://www.va.gov/MS/Kurtzke/Kurtzke_In_Memoriam.asp

 

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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