Workforce of the Future

It is currently estimated that more than 400,000 Americans and 2.5 million people worldwide are living with MS. In order for MS patients to continue receiving the best care for generations to come, it is imperative that the workforce of MS healthcare professionals be large enough to meet the growing demands.

The CMSC has focused on aggressively recruiting and training the community of dedicated specialists in the field. Our goal is to encourage medical students and other healthcare professionals to choose MS as an initial focus of study or to pursue more advanced and specialized training as part of their studies. Recipients are able to apply new skills and share knowledge with colleagues within their academic institution and practice settings.

2022 Medical Student Research Presenters

By increasing the number of well-trained healthcare professionals in MS, and ensuring that they are well-trained and well-prepared, we can continue to deliver the finest care, improve the quality of life for patients and families living with MS, and ultimately find a cure.  For the CMSC to continue providing comprehensive care and specialized services to MS patients, it is paramount that the community of MS professionals has access to specialized training.


The Foundation of the CMSC funds scholarships for:

  • Neurology residents;
  • Research Scholarships for medical students.

Recipients of Neurology Resident annual meeting scientific scholarships are able to apply new skills and share knowledge with colleagues within their academic institutions and practice settings. 

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2017-2021 Medical Student Research Scholars and Mentors

One of the most promising ways to build a committed and competent MS Workforce of the Future is to expose students to new challenges under the mentorship of top-tier experts. The MS Summer Research Scholar program pairs medical students with an impressive group of leading MS research and clinical experts for two-month projects covering a wide spectrum of MS research.
Click here to read personal feedback from FCMSC Research Scholars and their mentors.

These students are invited to present the results of their work at the following year’s CMSC annual scientific meeting, encouraging a new pool of passionate MS professionals.

Results of the work of 2021 Research Scholars were invited for presentation at the annual CMSC meeting in May, 2022.  The following scholars’ work was presented in poster form.

FCMSC Medical Student Research Scholarship Presenters Annual Meeting 2022
Genentech Scholars
Scholar Research Project Research Institution Mentor
Salena Bath Multiple Sclerosis and COVID-19: Patient’s Experience Survey Fraser Health MS Clinic (Burnaby  Hospital) Dr. Galina Vorobeychik
Delaney Cairns Multiple Sclerosis Patients Diagnosed During the First Year of COVID Have Higher Healthcare Utilization. The Medical College of Wisconsin Dr. Ahmed Obeidat
Naveen Dhawan Mitochondrial measures in neuronally-enriched extracellular vesicles predict brain and retinal atrophy in multiple sclerosis Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dr. Pavan Bhargava
Brian Florenzo Walking Capacity, Endurance, and Behavior in Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis University of Virginia Dr. J. Nicholas Brenton
Bristol Myers Squibb Scholars
Scholar Research Project Research Institution Mentor
Omar Alaina Development of Artificial Intelligence Platforms for Automated Expanded Disability Status Score Data Extraction from Historical Health Records McGovern Medical School Dr. John A. Lincoln
Priyanka Algu Vaccine-Mediated SARS-Cov-2 Memory T-Cell Repertoires in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Northwell Neuroscience Institute and Lenox Hill Hospital Dr. Asaff Harel
Foundation of the CMSC Scholars
Scholar Research Project Research Institution Mentor
Jaklin Gukasyan Racial Differences in Visual Outcomes in Patients with MS, NMOSD, and MOGAD Keck Medicine of USC Dr. Lilyana Amezcua
Camila Ishueva Brain and Spinal MRI Lesion Distribution in Multiple Sclerosis Patients with Disabling Tremor Medical College of Wisconsin Dr. Ahmed Obeidat
Hannah Kelly Prevalence of Iatrogenic Central Nervous System Inflammation at a Tertiary Neuroimmunology Clinic Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Dr. Hesham Abboud
Vijay Letchuman The diagnostic potential of the central vein sign in multiple sclerosis using a fully automated image analysis tool (CVSnet): A prospective multicenter pilot study NIH-NINDS, Dept of Translational Neuroradiology Section Dr. Daniel Reich
Yilan Liu A New Look at Information Processing Speed in Multiple Sclerosis: Visual Search Organization and Concurrent Disability The University of Alabama at Birmingham Dr. Victor Mark
Kaleigh Olmsted The Effect of Ocrelizumab on Antibody Respnses to EBV The University of Texas health Science Center in Houston Dr. John W. Lindsey
Juweiriya Ahmed Associations of structural visual metrics with psychosocial outcomes and physical activity in youth with MS-related neuroinflammatory disorders (MOG/NMOSD) Pediatric MS and Neuroinflammatory Disorders Center, The Hospital for Sick Children Dr E. Ann Yeh
Geoffrey Liang The Gut Microbiota and Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Dr. Helen Tremlett
Kamyar Taheri Developing an imaging marker for MS progression for prospective and retrospective studies University of British Columbia Dr. Shannon Kolind

The Foundation of the CMSC salutes the supporters of MS Workforce of the Future initiatives:

  • Basic Home Infusion (BHI)
  • Biogen
  • Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS)
  • Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
  • EMD Serono, Inc.
  • Inserra Family
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals

With your help and support of the Foundation of the CMSC, we can ensure that future generations of people with MS will receive the quality healthcare they need and deserve.