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Dr. Philip L. De Jager to Receive Milestones in Research Award

May 8, 2015

Dr. Philip L. De Jager
BOSTON – Philip L. De Jager, MD, PhD, a neurologist at Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will be recognized with the Milestones in Research Award by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter on May 13, 2015, at the MileStones Gala in Boston.  De Jager is a remarkable individual at the forefront of some of the most exciting research in multiple sclerosis today to develop personalized treatment.  Held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel on 34 Dalton Street, the MileStones Gala honors individuals and organizations for significant achievements in advancing the movement to create a world free of multiple sclerosis.  The evening starts with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by the award presentation.  The Gala is sponsored by Global Partners LP, Alltown, and the Slifka Family, with additional support from Temper + Sealy and the George E. Warren Corporation.
As a clinician and researcher, De Jager is leading an outstanding team applying powerful analytic approaches to better understand how genes and the environment interact, with the goal of developing personalized treatments for MS and, ultimately, disease prevention.  Over the years, De Jager’s work evolved to an integrated approach to MS that includes projects investigating other neurodegenerative diseases and healthy aging to develop a comprehensive understanding of the genomic, epigenomic, and neuroimmunologic architecture of how the brain responds to different challenges and how this ability changes as we age.
Winner of the prestigious Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research (October 2014), De Jager is the Steven R. and Kathleen P. Haley Distinguished Chair for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.  He is the director for basic and translational research at the Institute for the Neurosciences at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is an associate member of the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He continues to practice clinical neurology, seeing patients within the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center that is affiliated with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.


About the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. The Society’s Greater New England Chapter serves 21,000 individuals and families affected by MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and by contacting the National MS Society at, or 1 800 FIGHT MS (344 4867).

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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