Helen Wilshire Walsh Lecture To Be Given by Professor W. I. McDonald

Professor William I. McDonald will give a lecture on “The Dynamics of Multiple Sclerosis” in honor of Helen Wilshire Walsh on Tuesday, June 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Historical Library, Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

Walsh, a long time resident of Greenwich, had a long-standing interest in bettering the lives of people with disabilities, and she had been a supporter for many years of research within the Department of Neurology at Yale. Following her death at the age of ninety-nine, her estate left an endowment of $1million to support research on multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury within the PVA/EPVA Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research at Yale.

McDonald, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.P, is an adjunct professor of neurology at Yale. Prior to joining the Yale Faculty, McDonald served for many years as professor and head of the University Department of Clinical Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London. As a basic and clinical investigator, Professor McDonald has made pivotal contributions to our understanding of multiple sclerosis. He pioneered the application of evoked potentials to the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, then defined important aspects of the pathophysiology in demyelinated axons in this disorder, and more recently, has used magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy to probe the evolution of MS in humans. He has served as the Editor of Brain, and as President of the Association of British Neurologists and the European Neurological Society.

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