James T. Lubin Fellowship


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In 2008, we established the James T. Lubin Clinician Scientist Fellowship Award which supports the post-residency training of clinicians, who are committed to careers in academic medicine with a specialization in rare autoimmune disorders of the CNS (eg, TM, ADEM, NMO, autoimmune encephalitis and ON) clinical care and research. The intent of this program is to support up to two years of clinical care and research training in an environment where clinicians address problems in the rare neuro-immunologic disorders with the most current scientific tools. It is expected that upon completion of the program, participants will be committed to a combined clinical and research career and will be prepared to direct robust research programs relevant to TM, ADEM, NMO, and ON in their clinical department. The number of the James T. Lubin Clinician Scientist Fellowships awarded will be based on the availability of funds to support this program.


After completing the fellowship program, the Fellows will have acquired independent research and clinical skills and gained experience necessary to develop into clinician-scientists who:

  1. Provide high quality, state-of-the-art, comprehensive clinical care to patients with TM, ADEM, NMO and/or ON.
  2. Advance the research and understanding of these disorders through clinical research and/or basic science research.
  3. Become an active participant and future leader in the rare neuro-immunologic disorders clinical community.

To learn more, email us at [email protected]


Allen D. DeSena, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, OH

Dr. Allen DeSena attended medical school at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL, located in the greater Chicago area. From there, he went on to complete a residency in general pediatrics in New Orleans, LA at the Tulane-Ochsner pediatric program, and he earned his board certification in general pediatrics in 2009. Following his general pediatrics training, he moved to Dallas, TX, where he completed a residency in pediatric neurology at UT-Southwestern Medical Center in conjunction with Children’s Medical Center-Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital. During that time, his interest in transverse myelitis and other neuro-immunologic disorders blossomed, and he pursued further training in those areas. In 2012, he was the recipient of the first James T. Lubin fellowship award from the TMA to pursue a clinical and research career in transverse myelitis and other related disorders mentored by Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, Director of the TM and NMO Centers at UTSW in Dallas. He is the first pediatric neurology fellow to study the rare spectrum of neuro-immunological disorders, with a particular focus on Transverse Myelitis.

Dr. Allen DeSena at the TMA family camp held at The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky in August 2012 with a camper (left) and getting ready to participate in the messy games at camp (right)