Pediatric MOG Antibody-Associated Disease and ADEM
March 20 @ 12:00 pm, EDT - 1:00 pm, EDT
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Leslie Benson, MD
Dr. Leslie Benson is an attending physician in the Department of Neurology and the assistant director of the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Program and Pediatric Neuro-Immunology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and an instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. She completed medical school at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and pediatric training at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and child neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital prior to a 2-year fellowship in neuro inflammatory diseases. Dr. Benson is board certified in child neurology and her clinical work is focused on care of children and young adults affect by neuro-inflammatory disease including MS, transverse myelitis, AFM, optic neuritis including MOG antibody associated disease and ROHHAD syndrome among others. She is involved in collaborative clinical research aimed at improving the understanding and treatment of these diseases.
Brenda Banwell, MD
Dr. Brenda Banwell graduated with a degree in medicine from The University of Western Ontario in 1991. She completed a neuromuscular disease fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. In 1999, Dr. Banwell was appointed as an assistant professor of pediatrics (neurology) at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto and was promoted to full professor in 2012. Dr. Banwell is now chief of Neurology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and director of the Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. Dr. Banwell’s clinical and research interests are in pediatric multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory brain disorders. She remains the lead investigator of the Canadian Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Program. Her clinical studies focus on the cognitive and neuroimaging features of pediatric multiple sclerosis, while the basic science work focuses on T and B-cell autoimmunity studies, MRI imaging, and studies of viral triggers.
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