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Open Forum on Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder

June 21, 2017, EST @ 1:00 pm, EST - 2:00 pm, EST


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About our Guest Speakers

Maureen Mealy, RN, BSN, MSCN

Maureen Mealy is a Clinical Program Manager at Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center and Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic in Baltimore, MD. Maureen is a certified Clinical Neuroscience Registered Nurse and a Multiple Sclerosis Certified Nurse. She has longstanding experience in neurosciences as she began her nursing career in the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and later joined the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis, Transverse Myelitis, and Encephalitis Centers in January of 2007. Ms. Mealy then moved to Dallas along with Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, former co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center, to establish the Transverse Myelitis and Neuromyelitis Optica Program at the University of Texas Southwestern University and Pediatric Demyelinating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas in January of 2009. More recently, Ms. Mealy rejoined Johns Hopkins and teamed up with Drs. Carlos Pardo and Michael Levy, where she currently acts as the Program Manager, Clinical Research Coordinator, and Senior Nurse of the Transverse Myelitis Center and Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic.

Michael Levy, MD, PhD

Dr. Michael Levy is an Associate Professor of Neurology and the Medical Director of General Neurology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Levy specializes in taking care of patients with neuroimmunologic diseases including multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, optic neuritis and neuromyelitis optica. In the laboratory, Dr. Levy¹s research focus is on the development of neural stems for regenerative therapy in these diseases. He uses rat and mouse models to test the survival, differentiation and functional capacity of human neural stem cells to improve neurologic function in post-inflammatory conditions. The goal of his laboratory and clinical effort is to translate the basic science stem cell work to a human trial in transverse myelitis and other neuroimmunologic diseases.

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June 21, 2017, EST
1:00 pm, EST - 2:00 pm, EST
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The Transverse Myelitis Association
Powell, United States