Stanford Mulitple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program News and Events


Saturday, April 24, 2021

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society Advisory on COVID booster vaccination

Read frequently asked questions and learn additional information about COVID-19 Vaccine Dose (Booster) and MS from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that people whose immune systems are moderately to severely compromised should receive a third dose of the Pfizer or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage patients who meet this criteria to discuss with their health care provider whether a third dose is appropriate for them at this time. If so, Stanford Health Care is now scheduling appointments for its established patients through MyHealth.

Stanford Welcomes our New Neuroimmunology Fellows

Stanford is proud to welcome our 2021-2022 Fellows! Dr. Jamie McDonald will be returning for her Senior Fellowship year with us as Dr. Neda Sattarnezhad joins us following successful completion of her Neurology residency at the University of Illinois.

Oscar Salvatierra Award

Congratulations to Jeffrey Dunn, MD, inaugural award winner of the Oscar Salvatierra Award for Exceptional Service to Stanford medical students and the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Dunn built the Neurology clerkship into a model of national excellence and the highest rated clerkship in the SOM for more than a decade, inspiring more than a thousand medical students during his tenure.

Stanford MS Center certified by the Consortium of MS Centers

The Stanford Multiple Sclerosis Center was awarded ongoing certification for 2021 as a member Center in good standing with the highly esteemed Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Stanford's active membership in the CMSC enables Stanford to continue in its role of national leadership in medical and nursing care in the field of MS.

Welcome to Issue 4 of The BIG Brief — a periodic digest of what is top of mind at Project BIG. As you read through the achievements of the team and the promising research underway, despite all the challenges and hardships of this past year, please consider whether you will renew your support of Project BIG for the 2021 year. Our mission is to unlock the cause and cure for MS and other neurological and autoimmune diseases through a unique clinician-scientist collaboration across disciplines. Our team of scientists, researchers, neurologists, immunologists, radiologists, microbiologists, psychologists, and patient advocates at Stanford are engaged in some of the most high-impact and exciting Brain-Immune-Gut (BIG) research taking place anywhere. The BIG Brief provides a snapshot of their worlds as well as a curated collection of articles that have captured our team's attention.

What we can learn from COVID-19 in kids

Stanford Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Lawrence Steinman, MD, researches what we can learn from COVID-19 in kids in a new paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Stanford MS Center Launches COViMS Registry

As a NARCRMS member site, and together with the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) and the National MS Society (NMSS), Stanford has joined efforts to launch the COVID-19 Infections in MS & Related Diseases (COViMS) registry.  COViMS will capture information on outcomes of people with MS and other CNS demyelinating diseases (Neuromyelitis Optica and MOG antibody disease) who have developed COVID-19 in North America (Canada, Mexico & US). This will help our understanding of this disease and its effects and risks specifically pertaining to our clientele, gathering information which can contribute to a safer tomorrow for the patients we care for.

Sleep Better Tonight: The MS Guide to Dreamland

If you have MS, what can you do to improve your chances of getting a restful night’s sleep despite the symptoms? Some of the most common sleep obstacles, plus practical solutions for people with MS are discussed in this article.