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MSA 2020 Virtual Conference Speaker Directory

From the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition
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Meet All The Speakers From The Virtual October 2020 Event!

The mission of the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition is to offer hope through research. Our annual conference was virtual this year due to COVID-19. The turnout was tremendous as always, and that includes our guest speakers.

Truly a global represenation in the medical staff we assembled and in the depth and breadth of content provided for families touch by MSA. We hope the MSA Annual Conference 2021 will bring a return to in-person learning and networking. Please sign-up to get updates on that and more concerning multiple system atrophy.

 

Aikaterini Kompoliti, MD

Aikaterini Kompoliti, MD, was born in Greece and completed her early education there, including medical school. After graduating from the University of Patras Medical School, Greece, she pursued her interest in neuroscience by completing a residency in neurology at Northwestern University, Chicago, followed by a fellowship in movement disorders at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. After the completion of her fellowship, she became a faculty member in movement disorders in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center where she is currently professor of neurology. She is the author and co-author of numerous publications. Her clinical interests as a principal investigator in research have focused on several therapeutic areas including studies to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new compounds to treat Parkinson’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension, Tourette’s syndrome, functional movement disorders and dystonia. Furthermore, she is the educational director of the section of movement disorders and the director of the movement disorders fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.

Allyson Mayeux

I am a member of the MSA Coalition Board of Directors and practice general internal medicine in Marshfield, WI, where I completed my residency in that specialty. I am a native of Louisiana and a graduate of LSU Medical School New Orleans. My family and I walked with my brother Hal on his journey with MSA.

Benson T. Massey, MD

Dr. Guralnick received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed his urology residency at the University of Manitoba-Affiliated Teaching Hospitals in Winnipeg, Canada. He then completed a fellowship in female and reconstructive urology at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. His clinical and research interests include: male and female voiding dysfunction and incontinence, lower urinary tract reconstruction, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.

Dr. Michael Guralnick

Dr. Guralnick received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and completed his urology residency at the University of Manitoba-Affiliated Teaching Hospitals in Winnipeg, Canada. He then completed a fellowship in female and reconstructive urology at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. His clinical and research interests include: male and female voiding dysfunction and incontinence, lower urinary tract reconstruction, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.

Vik Khurana

Dr. Khurana is Chief of the Movement Disorders Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and on the neurology faculty at Harvard Medical School. He is a Principal Investigator in the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and serves as Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Dr Khurana is an Associate Member at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and a Robertson Stem Cell Investigator of the New York Stem Cell Foundation. He is the Senior Advisor (Discovery Technologies) to Yumanity Therapeutics, a company he co-founded in 2014. His clinical and research interests relate to neurodegenerative disorders focusing most on Parkinson’s disease, cerebellar ataxias, multiple system atrophy (MSA) and related disorders. He directs the P+A+MSA Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, dedicated to patients with these conditions. He serves on the Board of Directors of the MSA Coalition.

Codi Halbur

I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2012 and then received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. I have always had an interest in neurological rehabilitation. I have worked for Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI for 5 years ranging from both inpatient and outpatient neurological therapy. I am certified in the LSVT BIG program for patients with movement disorders and prior to COVID helped to lead a weekly community exercise class for persons with movement disorders. In my spare time, I myself enjoy exercising, being outdoors, cheering on the Badgers, Packers, Bucks, and Brewers, and spending as much time as possible with my wife and one year old son.

Matthew Beke

Matthew Beke is a Clinical Dietitian working at the Normal Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases. He is also a doctoral student researching the effect of dietary fibers on GI symptoms in people with Parkinson’s Disease. As a dietitian, he cares for patients with a variety of neurological conditions, including MSA. He hopes that by increasing the visibility of MSA to the public that this will generate interest in research and creating impactful nutrition therapies for this disease.

Daniel Classen, MD, MS

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Daniel Claassen is a Neurologist who specializes in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders characterized by disruptions to cognition, behavior, and movement. He is the Chief of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology division at Vanderbilt University Medical center. His research efforts focus on the neurobiology of behavior, where he employs multimodal imaging and cognitive neuroscience methods to understand and develop novel treatments. He leads early and late phase clinical trials that assess symptomatic and disease modifying therapies in MSA, and has successfully lead studies of non-pharmacologic interventions in neurodegenerative disorders. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and several foundations which include the Griffin Foundation, and CHDI. He is the editor of HD Insights, a publication of the Huntington Study Group (HSG), the scientific director of the Southeast Clinical Neuroscience Society, and an active board member of the MSA Coalition.

Susan Perlman

Biohaven: Understanding Potential Treatments and Clinical Trials

Dr Perlman completed her MD degree at the medical school of the State University of New York Stony Brook. She completed her Neurology residency and fellowship in Neurogenetics at UCLA Medical Center, where she has been on the clinical faculty since 1981. She is director of the Ataxia Center, the Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence, and the Neurogenetics Clinical Trials Unit.

Beate Ritz, MD, Ph.D

Beate Ritz, MD, Ph.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences and Neurology at UCLA. Her team investigates environmental and genetic factors that influence the risk of developing chronic brain diseases. Parkinson’s disease and the measurement of environmental factors have been a special focus of her lab for decades. She has been an NIH funded principle investigator of two of the largest community-based studies of Parkinson’s disease worldwide one located in the central valley of California, the other in Denmark. These studies identified environmental and genetic risk factors for Parkinson’s disease onset and progression using geographic information systems as well as metabolomic, genomic, and epigenomic approaches. Her studies showed how our genetic make-up makes some of us vulnerable to neurodegeneration when exposed to environmental toxicants. She is the Past President of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology and has served on numerous National Academy of Sciences and California State Scientific Advisory panels and committees.

Becky Wellman, Ph.D, LPMT, MT-BC

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Lou Ruvo Center

Dr. Becky Wellman is a board certified and licensed music therapist, and neurologic music therapy fellow at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health where she works with individuals with neurodegenerative disorders and their caregivers. She is an adjunct instructor of human services/elder studies at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana..

Elizabeth Thiel

I am an Associate Professor of Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. I am the medical director of Froedtert’s Community Hospital Division Palliative Care program.

Samantha Pavey

Samantha Pavey and Emma Saunders are MSA Nurse Specialists, working for the MSA Trust in the UK. Their role is to provide information and support to people affected by MSA.

Emma Saunders, BSc, RN, MRes

Emma Saunders MSA Nurse Specialist

Samantha Pavey and Emma Saunders are MSA Nurse Specialists, working for the MSA Trust in the UK. Their role is to provide information and support to people affected by MSA

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