Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada


Latest Chair and Vice Chair of the International Progressive MS Alliance Scientific Steering Committee Selected

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Canadian MS researcher, Dr. Ruth Ann Marrie, named vice chair

After an extensive international search, the International Progressive MS Alliance has named Professor Robert Fox as the incoming Chair and Professor Ruth Ann Marrie as the incoming Vice Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee. The committee is responsible for setting and implementing a global research strategy for accelerating the development of new, effective treatments for people affected by progressive multiple sclerosis worldwide.

It is with great pride that the MS Society of Canada congratulates Canadian MS researcher, Ruth Ann for being named Vice Chair. As a leader in the field of MS, she uses her wide-ranging expertise to enhance our understanding of MS in adults and in children, and to improve health outcomes and optimize care for people living with MS.

Presently, she is Chair of the MS Society Medical Advisory Committee, Professor of Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, and holds the Waugh Family Chair in MS. In addition, she serves as the Scientific Director of the NARCOMS MS Patient Registry.

Her research aims to understand the influence of comorbid factors, such as other chronic diseases and health behaviours on a range of MS-related health outcomes. Other areas of research interest include etiologic factors for MS, patient-reported outcomes, and pediatric MS.

“As a clinician, I am reminded daily of the challenges faced by people living with progressive MS and the pressing need to develop new means of mitigating those challenges. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to contribute to advancing the mission of the International Progressive MS Alliance,” said Ruth Ann in a press release distributed by the Alliance.

“The calibre of candidates was outstanding and included leading MS experts from throughout the world. We look forward to the leadership and talents of Professors Fox and Marrie in these critically important roles,” said Pam Valentine, President and CEO of the MS Society of Canada and a member of the Alliance Executive Committee.

Both Fox and Marrie will begin transitioning to their new roles and officially begin serving in 2022.

For more on the announcement, please visit the International Progressive MS Alliance.

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