Dr. Dwight E. Bergles, a Boston University Biology alum, won the 2020 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. Graduated from BU with a bachelor’s degree in biology, he is now a leading neuroscientist at The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience and the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable and often disabling disease of the central nervous system, causing symptoms such as numbness, mobility challenges, and paralysis. Even though there is currently no cure for MS, many scientists are working towards understanding MS and developing new therapeutic approaches. Dr. Bergles conducted creative studies of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), immature cells in the brain that can regenerate myelin-making cells, deepen our understanding of Multiple sclerosis and myelin repair.
The Barancik Prize is administered through the National MS Society and sponsored by the generosity of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation. It seeks to recognize and encourage exceptional innovation and originality in scientific research relevant to multiple sclerosis, with emphasis on the impact and potential of the research to lead to pathways for the treatment and cure for MS, and scientific accomplishments that merit recognition as a future leader in MS research.
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