We are proud to announce that Dr. Ian Duncan, Chair of our Scientific Advisory Committee, has been awarded the 2015 Lifetime Excellence in Research Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association for several years of work in myelin disease research.
“Dr. Duncan has spent his career exploring the causes and potential solutions for myelin disorders in a variety of species,” said Dr. Mark Markel, dean of the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Duncan pioneered studies on the use of stem cell transplants to repair central nervous system disorders and has investigated genetic causes of myelin. In 2009, he and his colleagues confirmed that nerve cell function could be restored through remyelination, the process of regrowing myelin.
“Duncan’s research holds the promise of identifying pathways to either slow or reverse disorders of myelination, with the hope of benefiting both animals and humans,” Markel said. Hawkins, the university spokesman, said Duncan’s research could someday be important for treating multiple sclerosis and other degenerative genetic disorders.