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IJMSC Editorial Board and Publishing Staff

The IJMSC editorial board is a critical resource in support of the editor in chief as well as the aims and scope of the journal. Members of the editorial board serve in an important advisory capacity to the editor in chief and the rest of the editorial team on all matters affecting the journal, and contribute reviews of manuscripts as needed. The current editorial board comprises individuals from across North America and Europe, with plans to add representation from other parts of the world as members complete their terms.

Editor in Chief

Francois Bethoux, MD
Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA

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Dr. Bethoux is Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research, and Medical Director of the Arts and Medicine Institute, at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is also Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Bethoux received his MD from Claude Bernard University in Lyon, France. His research interests include neurorehabilitation, spasticity management, and interventions (including therapeutic arts) to improve walking in persons with MS.

Associate Editor

Mary Alissa Willis, MD
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA

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Dr. Willis is Associate Professor and Chair of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She completed a clinical neuroimmunology fellowship and previously served as Medical Director at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic. Her specific areas of interest include medical education, spasticity management, and comprehensive care of the MS patient.

Board Members

Susan Agland, MNurs (Research), MSCN, RN
John Hunter Hospital and
University of Newcastle
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Susan Agland is a transitional nurse practitioner, specializing in neuroimmunology, at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Australia. She has a Masters in Research (Nursing) from Murdoch University, completing a thesis on the role of stress and stress management strategies in multiple sclerosis (MS). As a past president of MS Nurses Australasia, she continues to be closely involved in the organization. In addition to her clinical role, Susan is actively involved in research and currently co-lead in a study exploring subfertility in Australian women with MS and neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder.

Ted Brown, MD, MPH
Evergreen Neuroscience Institute and Medical Center, Kirkland, Washington, USA

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Dr. Brown is Director of Neurorehabilitation at the MS Center at Evergreen, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, Kirkland, Washington. His clinical emphasis is on maximizing function and mobility in MS patients, and his research interests are in clinical trials and rehabilitation interventions for MS. He received his MD from Harvard University and his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, and is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Evan T. Cohen, PT, MA, PhD, NCS
Arcadia University, Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA

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Dr. Cohen is a physical therapist and associate professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. His research interests relate to the impact of fatigue and fatigability on walking, gait, and balance, and on rehabilitation interventions to ameliorate these problems for people with multiple sclerosis, and on outcomes measurement related to physical rehabilitation for those with multiple sclerosis.

Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT Reg (Ont), OTR
School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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Dr. Finlayson is Director and Vice-Dean (Health Sciences), School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her research program focuses on developing, implementing, and evaluating self-management programs and rehabilitation services to enhance the health and well-being of people affected by MS. Her work focuses primarily on fatigue management, falls prevention, and issues related to aging with MS. She received her PhD in community health sciences from the University of Manitoba.

Frederick W. Foley, PhD
Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, USA
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

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Dr. Foley is Professor of Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, and Director of Psychosocial Research and Neuropsychology at Holy Name Medical Center Multiple Sclerosis Center, Teaneck, New Jersey. His work in MS has focused on developing psychological based treatments for anxiety, depression, pain, and sexual function, and developing symptomatic screening measures. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Fordham University.

Kathleen Fuchs, PhD, ABPP
James Q. Miller MS Clinic at University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

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Dr. Fuchs is Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology in the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia (UVA), Charlottesville. She has been part of the UVA James Q. Miller MS Clinic since it was founded. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology, and she does cognitive assessments of individuals with MS as well as psychotherapy. She earned her PhD at the University of Houston and completed an internship in clinical psychology at the University of Chicago Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at UVA.

Christoph Heesen, MD
Multiple Sclerosis Day Hospital, Institute of Neuroimmunology and Clinical MS Research
Department of Neurology, University Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany

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Dr. Heesen is Head of the Multiple Sclerosis Day Hospital and Outpatient Unit and Deputy Head of the Institute of Neuroimmunology and Clinical MS Research, University Medical Center, Hamburg, Germany. His main research interests are psychoneuroimmunology and behavioral interventions in MS, with a special focus on shared decision making. He is an active member of Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS), the European network for best practice and research in MS rehabilitation.

Beverly A. Layton

Beverly A. Layton, RN, BSN, MSCN
Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Consultant, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

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Ms. Layton has been working in the MS field since 1987 when she joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) MS Center as the Research Nurse Coordinator. With a chief research interest in the treatment of MS, she served as the coordinator on numerous therapeutic clinical drug trials. She retired from UAB and continues to work as a Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Consultant. Ms. Layton has been a member of the IOMSN since 1998; she previously served as Secretary and Treasurer and continues to serve on several committees. Ms. Layton remains active in the ACRP, CMSC, and the NMSS Chapter AL/MS. She has a volunteer position at the UAB MS Center where she is a mentor in the nurses’ role in management of patients with MS.

Beverly A. Layton

Christopher C. Luzzio, MD
Departments of Neurology and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA

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Christopher C. Luzzio is a neurologist who specializes in multiple sclerosis. He teaches mechanical design in the school of engineering and designs and builds assistive devices for disabled persons with his students. He is actively involved in clinical research trials related to multiple sclerosis and research in developing better methods of regulating brain pressure in children.

James J Marriott, MD MSc, FRCPC
Staff Neurologist, BARLO MS Clinic
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON

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Dr. Marriott attended medical school at Queen’s University and completed his neurology residency at the University of Ottawa in 2007. He completed a three-year Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Fellow at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto in 2010 and a Master of Science degree through the University of Toronto in 2011. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a staff neurologist at the BARLO MS Centre. His main research interest is multiple sclerosis clinical trials.

Sarah A. Morrow, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario, Canada

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Dr. Morrow is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. In addition to working in the MS clinic at London Health Sciences Center, she has established the first MS cognitive clinic in Canada. Her research focuses on cognitive impairment in MS, and the use of corticosteroids for MS relapses.

Ahmed Z. Obeidat, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Dr. Obeidat is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Founding Director of the Neuroimmunology and MS Fellowship program. He received his medical degree with honors from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2008 and a PhD in neuroscience and physiology from Wright State University, where he received the Graduate Student Excellence Award and served as a President’s Ambassador. He completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Obeidat is interested in the intersection between arts, humanities, and neurology.

Carrie Lyn Sammarco, DNP, FNP-C, MSCN
Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
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Dr. Sammarco is a Nurse Practitioner at the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center of New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. She was awarded a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the Columbia University School of Nursing and the John Dystel Nursing Fellowship in MS (mentored by Dr. Aliza Ben-Zacharia). She has served as PI for several nursing-generated research projects at the NYU MS Center. Dr. Sammarco specializes in the management of highly complex MS symptoms and has a special interest in incorporating mindfulness techniques into her practice.

Jacob J. Sosnoff, PhD
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA

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Dr. Sosnoff is Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Professions and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. His professional background and training are in motor control and gerontology. Dr. Sosnoff’s current research focuses on the prediction, consequences, and prevention of walking, mobility, and balance impairments in individuals with MS.

Ex Officio

June Halper, MSN, ANP, FAAN
Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA

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June Halper is a certified adult nurse practitioner who has specialized in multiple sclerosis since 1978. She was a founder of the MS Center in Teaneck, NJ, and was the executive director until 2008. Ms. Halper was president of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers from 1995-1997 and has been the executive director since 1992.


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