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Multiple sclerosis scientist discusses new research at Marsh Lecture


The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research hosted a Marsh Lecture by Lawrence Steinman, MD, Stanford University's George A. Zimmerman Professor and Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Steinman discussed his research into the role amyloid proteins play in slowing immune response in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Amyloid proteins are often thought to be the cause of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Steinman's lecture, titled "Amyloids and the Neuro-Immune Connection," discussed amyloid proteins and how they cause the immune response to slow and reverses paralysis in a mouse model of MS. Based on these findings, he believes amyloid proteins could provide a therapeutic target for MS and other conditions.

"Dr. Steinman is a leader in the field of neuroinflammation, and his basic scientific work led directly to new therapies that have helped thousands", said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute.

The Feinstein Institute's Marsh Lecture was established as a forum for renowned scientists to share their expertise with Feinstein Institute investigators. Made possible by an endowment from the late Leonard Marsh and his family, the Marsh Lecture honors the memory of Leonard Marsh, co-founder of Snapple Beverage Corporation and a major supporter of the Feinstein Institute. Leonard Marsh's legendary enthusiasm for new ideas and innovations continue to inspire the Feinstein Institute scientific faculty and staff.

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Heather E. Ball Mayer
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