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Healing MS Spring/Summer 2021
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The IMSMP Newsletter to address the needs of our patients and keep you informed of the latest research treatments and ways to heal

Healing MS Spring/Summer 2021
Introducing the Judi Volk-Weiss Wellness Center
at the IMSMP
Congratulations to the Graduating Class of Research Assistants
at Tisch MSRCNY

Front (Left to Right): Joseph Beaty, Taylor Shue, Setse Bush
Back (Left to Right): Eric Chen, Derek Bishop, Julia Granato, Jonah Vernejoul

Class of 2021:


Joseph Beaty:

Joseph earned a BA in Chemistry from Vassar College. At Tisch MSRCNY, he worked with Dr. Jamie Wong investigating the neurotoxic factors present in PPMS and ALS cerebrospinal fluid. Joseph will pursue his MD at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Taylor Shue:

Taylor earned her BS in Biology, with a minor in Anthropology, from Wake Forest University. During her time at Tisch MSRCNY, she worked with Dr. Jamie Wong and contributed to projects investigating MS and ALS etiology. These projects focus on studying the neurotoxic factors present in PPMS and ALS cerebrospinal fluid. This fall, Taylor will pursue her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Emory University. 


Setse Bush:

Setse earned a BA in Biology and English from Vassar College. During her time at Tisch MSRCNY, she worked with Dr. Saud A. Sadiq and the clinical research team on the design, implementation and data analysis of multiple studies including the Phase II stem cell trial and a quality-of-life study on patients with a benign MS disease course. Next year, Setse will pursue a dual MD/MPH degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. 


Eric Chen:

Eric earned a BS in Human Biology, Health and Society with minors in Health Policy and Business from Cornell University. During his time at Tisch MSRCNY, he worked with Dr. Nicolas Daviaud to study the genetic component and etiology of MS using cerebral organoids. Eric will be attending Stony Brook Renaissance School of Medicine to pursue his MD.


Derek Bishop:

Derek earned a BA in Biochemistry from Vassar College. While at Tisch MSRCNY, he worked with Dr. Violaine Harris studying the mechanism of action for the mesenchymal stem cell-neural progenitor treatment for multiple sclerosis. Starting August 2021, Derek will be working towards his MD at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Julia Granato:

Julia earned her BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College. During her time at Tisch MSRCNY, she worked with Dr. Anna Iacoangeli studying the mechanisms of cerebellar dysfunction in MS. She also works with Jerry Lin and Dr. Roberto Alfonso investigating the effects of B cell-depleting therapies on antibody development after the COVID-19 vaccination. Next year, Julia will be working towards a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. 


Jonah Vernejoul:

Jonah received his BA in neuroscience from Princeton University. While at Tisch MSRCNY, he worked with Jerry Lin investigating the causal role of B-cells in MS. Jonah will be attending the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s joint MD/PhD program beginning July 2020. 

Congratulations IEEF Scholarship Recipients
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The IEEF Awards $65,000.00 in Medical School Scholarship Funds
to Future Physicians


New York, NY – June 7, 2021 – The International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP) today announced that it has awarded its Equality Empowerment Fund (IEEF) scholarship to three recipients. The IEEF was created in 2020 after the world witnessed the unfortunate incidents involving African Americans and other minorities bringing systemic racism to the forefront. Through a collaborative effort with Mentoring in Medicine, the initiative came to fruition.

“We are setting up the ‘IMSMP Equality Empowerment Fund’ for deserving and motivated students who do not have access to the right opportunities due to financial hardship,” Dr. Saud A. Sadiq, Director of the IMSMP announced last year. “If we can help underprivileged students every year with funding, what seems like a drop in the ocean can have a rippling effect on their future. We hope that others will follow, not just with statements of outrage, but with positive actions.”

The IEEF will provide a total of $65,000.00 in medical school tuition each year to three students who remain in good standing throughout their medical school careers. Mentoring in Medicine, a non-profit organization that works with students in disadvantaged areas, with a mission to diversify the biomedical workforce by mentoring and introducing underrepresented students to careers in science and health care received 78 applications for this scholarship opportunity.

Dr. Lynne Holden, President of Mentoring in Medicine stated, “As of July 2019, there were 918,547 practicing physicians with 5% and 5.8% self-identified as Black and Latinx, respectively, as reported by the Association of American Medical Colleges. According to an April 2021 New England Journal of Medicine article, the number of Black male medical students consisted of 3.1% of national medical school enrollment in 1978; by 2019 that overall number has decreased to 2.9%. The Mentoring in Medicine Team is delighted to partner with Dr. Saud A. Sadiq and his team to assist in decreasing the financial burden of attending medical school especially during a time when there is such a huge demand for physicians who are underrepresented in medicine. We would like to thank Dr. Sadiq for his generosity and hope that he inspires other established professionals to pay it forward. Our next generation is facing unimaginable challenges. This gift to three students certainly makes their dream of becoming a doctor much easier!”

About the IMSMP

Patients travel from around the globe for the unique experience at the IMSMP, where a team of expertly trained healthcare professionals provides an unparalleled level of care. Our mission is to provide the best care in the world for people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

About Mentoring in Medicine

Mentoring in Medicine (www.MedicalMentor.org) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and educating the next generation of health and science professionals from middle school to medical school since 2007. We have helped 374 students become physicians and impacted 55,000 students, parents, and teachers. Mentoring in Medicine provides academic enrichment, leadership development, civic engagement, parent training, professional development for educators, and mentoring.

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Social Work News ~ Connecting at Home
The IMSMP Social Work Department offers a support group for homebound patients that meets by phone twice per month. Current members have developed lasting friendships during a time that has been isolating for so many. This special group is looking for more to join them. Please contact the Social Work Department at (212) 265-8070 to discuss if this group is right for you.
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Making Meaning
When people ask, "How are you?" I use a little phrase: “I mumble, I fumble, stumble, and occasionally I take a tumble, but I'm doing well, thanks.”
Click HERE to learn more about Joseph Gallucci and how he is Making Meaning with MS
Development Department News
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All in the Family
"The only thing I want to see is a cure for MS!" Michael Belfer said. That's why he and his wife, IMSMP patient Randy Belfer, make fundraising a year-round effort that includes the whole family. The Belfers shared their story of living with MS with family, friends, and colleagues, who have helped them raise over $60,000 since 2017.  This year, they stayed committed to the cause, raising $15,000 for our research. Thank you, Randy, Michael, Jonathan, Lauren, and Jeremy!
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Critters for the Cure 

Bugged Out is not just a creative outlet for Dina Lerman; it has also been an opportunity for her to help others who struggle with multiple sclerosis. After being diagnosed with MS, Dina began designing annual t-shirts for the NYC MS Walk. Eventually, this project evolved into a line of hand-printed whimsical bug, fruit, veggie, and critter designs available on clothing for children, as well as masks, tote bags, and accessories.  Not satisfied with just designing, Dina pledged that a portion of all the proceeds from Bugged Out would go to MS-related charities. Her designs went on to be sold at the New York Botanical Garden and The Nassau County Museum of Art, in addition to being sold online, and in stores across the country. For the second year, Dina chose to support Tisch MSRCNY, raising $5,000 for our research. Thank you, Dina, and Bugged Out for your continuing support! 

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