In the first round of Du Pré Grants to be awarded in 2011, MSIF awarded seven grants to enable young researchers from Canada, Germany, Iran, Italy and Sweden to travel to work on short term MS research projects in Canada, Italy, UK and USA.
Marina Sonkin, Canada
The £3,3000 grant will enable Marina, a graduate student at the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, to spend six months at the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan where she will work with Professor Massimo Filippi and Dr. Mara Rocca to use diffusion tensor imaging to interrogate brain tissue integrity in pre-pubertal pediatric MS patients.
Javad Rasouli, Iran
The £5,000 grant will enable Javad, a graduate student at Tarbiat Moalem University, Tehran, to spend six months at Jefferson Medical College, USA, where he will work with Professor A.M. Rostami to study the immunoregulatory role of Bowman-Birk protease inhibitor on T cells in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
Stephanie Kürten, Germany
Stephanie, an MD/PhD scientist at the University of Cologne, will use the £3,500 grant to spend three months at working with Professor Nancy H. Ruddle at Yale University, USA, to study the role of tertiary lymphoid tissue development in MP4-induced experimenatl autoimmune encephalomyelitis.
Mohammad Amin Sherafat, Iran
The £5,000 grant will enable Mohammad Amin, a graduate research student at Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, to spend six months at the University of Wisconsin, USA, where he will work with Professor Su-Chun Zhang to study the induced differentiation of iPS cells to produce oligodentrocytes and their therapeutic potential in animal models of brain demyelination.
Giuseppe Chiapetta, Italy
Giuseppe, an MSc research student at the Instito Superiore di Sanità in Rome, will use the £5,000 to spend four months working with Prof. Richard Reynolds at Imperial College London to undertake the immunohistochemical analysis of post-mortem MS brain tissues to examine the possible interaction between the Epstein-Barr virus and the MS retrovirus in inducing chronic brain inflammation.
Ylva Nilsagård, Sweden
The £1,740 grant will enable Ylva, a registered physiotherapist and research supervisor at Örebro University Hospital, to spend two weeks at Oregon Health and Science University, USA, to study the use of the Balance Evaluation Systems Test to quantify and assess balance in order to develop effective therapeutic interventions.
Arash Nazeri and Tina Roostaei, Iran
Arash and Tina, medical students at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, will use the £2,700 grant to spend 3 weeks working with Professor Douglas Arnold of the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, Canada, to learn advanced neuroimaging techniques to quantify injury and repair of myelin sheaths, so that they can use them to study the effects of the remyelination-inducing agent 8-cis retinoic acid on exacerbation recovery in a randomized clinical and imaging controlled trial in patients with relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis.