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Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowships

Making Minorities a Priority in Research Recruitment

Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in MS research, resulting in a lack of evidence about their disease characteristics and optimal treatment. You can play a vital role in correcting this imbalance by working to include members of minority groups in the studies you conduct or support. Use this toolkit to help you learn more about what is currently known about MS in different racial and ethnic minorities, and help you reach out to these communities and work with them in ways that are culturally appropriate, effective, and mutually beneficial.

Suggested Practices for Successful Recruiting


With the increasing number of new therapies being developed for use in MS, there is a need for physicians trained in conducting clinical trials. To this end, the Society established the Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship Program, named in honor of its founder. Clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of therapies for multiple sclerosis are highly complex and require special expertise and knowledge to monitor this highly variable disease. This program provides the individual with an MD or equivalent medical degree with up to 3 years of formal training, under the tutelage of an established investigator, in key elements associated with conducting clinical trials in MS. Residents who have or will have received training in neurology or physiatry in the United States, and who are in the PGY3 or PGY4 stage or beyond, are eligible to apply.

Proposal submissions

To submit a proposal for research support, investigators must first register with our Apply Online site ( and complete a pre-application. Staff will review the pre-application to determine whether the research plan is appropriate and relevant to our goals.

Pre-Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Full Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 16, 2023

For more information, please contact:
Walt Kostich, PhD


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