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Center Without Walls - Program Overview

“The Race to Erase MS wanted to build a winning team so we sought the best and the brightest throughout the world to create the Center Without Walls program.” – Nancy Davis

Funded by the Race to Erase MS, the Center Without Walls program (CWW) has provided support that has permitted the medical community to link together multidisciplinary scientific programs and expertise across the country to advance the understanding of the cause of MS and to develop new treatments. The Center is a break-through success because of the vision, insight and flexibility of these extraordinary doctors.

The Center’s theme is simple: communication – doctors working together toward a mutual goal. When this goal is reached, all will share in the victory.

The Center’s network of the top MS institutions that have established leading, innovative research programs currently include Cedars-Sinai, UC San Francisco, Harvard, Yale, USC, Johns Hopkins, UCLA and Oregon Health Sciences University.

It is the clear desire of the Center to fund cutting edge research, which will prevent and eventually cure multiple sclerosis. The Center constantly strives to strengthen this revolutionary concept with new approaches to finding the brightest minds in this field. The Center’s Scientific Advisory Board, spearheaded by Dr. Andrew Goodman, reviews proposals and grants, submitted in standard NIH format. In addition to the regular use of high-technology communication tools, researchers of CWW come together to share scientific accomplishments through monthly telephone conference calls, standard scientific advisory meetings and MS symposiums held four times a year.


“The Race to Erase MS has been instrumental in supporting the Johns Hopkins MS Center’s effort to both understand the basic mechanisms underlying progressive MS and to develop new and better therapies for the disease.” – Peter Calabresi, M.D.

Center Without Walls Grant Information:

Thank you for your interest in our Center Without Walls (CWW) program. We currently support Young Investigator Grants at $75,000 a year for two years based on annual reviews as well as Pilot Grants at $75,000 for one year. All proposals are submitted to the Race to Erase MS Scientific Advisory Board and reviewed for their scientific content and innovation. Only those projects highly ground-breaking and novel are funded. The foundation also supports a pioneering network of centers doing state-of-the-art MRI in MS called the North American Imaging in MS (NAIMS).

Submission Process: We are not presently accepting proposals from centers or individuals that are not currently part of our Center Without Walls program. We appreciate your interest and welcome you to email us information on your request that we can keep on file for possible future openings. Email

Center Without Walls Research Centers:
Cedars-Sinai, Nancy Sicotte, M.D.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard, Howard Weiner, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Peter A. Calabresi, MD
Oregon Health Sciences University, Dennis N. Bourdette, M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles, Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco, Emmanuelle L. Waubant, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Southern California, Daniel Pelletier, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine, David Hafler, M.D., Ph.D.

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