Oregon Health & Science University - Dr. Dennis Bourdette M.D. FAAN
Chair and Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center of Oregon Department of Neurology
Co-Director, Department of Veterans Affairs MS Center of Excellence-West Portland VA Medical Center
Dr. Bourdette obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and his medical degree from the University of California at Davis. After completing his neurology residency at the Oregon Health & Science University, he undertook a three year post-doctoral fellowship in neuroimmunology at the Portland VA Medical Center. He founded the MS Center of Oregon in 1984 and in 2001 became Co-Director of one of two national MS Centers of Excellence established by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has had research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, National MS Society and pharmaceutical companies and has published numerous scientific articles related to MS. He and the research team at OHSU have developed three novel therapies for MS that have gone into clinical trials (TCR peptide vaccination, RTL1000 and lipoic acid) and have been leaders in conducting clinical trials on complementary and alternative medicine for MS. Dr. Bourdette’s current research interests focuses on how to enhance mitochondrial function as a way to prevent progressive worsening in MS.
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