UCLA Neurologist Wins First Rachel Horne Prize for Women’s Research in MS
September 15, 2023
Rhonda Voskuhl, MD, neurologist, research-scientist and clinician at the University of California, Los Angeles is the inaugural winner of the Rachel Horne Prize for Women’s Research in MS
. She is being honored for her work looking at sex differences in susceptibility and progression in multiple sclerosis.
Dr Voskuhl is Professor of Neurology at UCLA, holds the Jack H Skirball Chair for Multiple Sclerosis Research, and is Director of the UCLA Multiple Sclerosis Programme. She has received support for her research from the National MS Society and has served the Society and others as an expert peer reviewer.
MS is up to 3 times more common in those assigned female at birth than male. This suggests that hormones and genes likely play a role in determining susceptibility to MS. These factors have been at the heart of Dr. Voskuhl’s pioneering research for decades, including testing the potential of sex hormones to treat the disease.
“We are delighted to award this prize to Dr Voskuhl from a strong field of entrants for this inaugural year of the Rachel Horne Prize,” said Professor Emmanuelle Waubant, Chair of International Women in MS (iWiMS
) which oversaw the review and judging process.
Dr. Voskuhl will receive the award at the 9th
Joint ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS meeting in Milan, Italy, in October 2023.
Read more about Dr. Voskuhl’s work
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