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UCSF - Emmanuelle Waubant, M.D.

Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

Race to Erase MS Medical Director since 2001

Emmanuelle L. Waubant, MD, PhD, is currently Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She directs the Regional Pediatric MS Center at UCSF. Dr. Waubant has also served as the Medical Director for the Race to Erase MS since 2001.

Dr. Waubant received her medical degree at the University of Lille, France. She completed her residency in neurology and served two years as junior faculty in the Neurology Department of Toulouse, Purpan University, France. She continued her training as a neuroimmunology fellow at UCSF, focusing on enzymes and their inhibitors that regulate the migration of immune cells to the brain. Dr. Waubant later returned at the UCSF MS Center as a clinical research fellow. During that 3-year period, she applied her basic science findings to the study of MS in humans. She has been a faculty in the department of Neurology at UCSF since September 2001, seeing patients in clinic and leading clinical research projects. She is the lead investigator for several clinical trials of promising agents for MS that she has designed including a recent study of neuroprotection in early MS. She also directs several translational research projects. As such, she is the recipient of a large NIH grant to study environmental and genetic risk factors in pediatric MS in the US. She is also the recipient of a National MS Society grant to study microbiomes in pediatric MS and how germs may relate to MS onset and course. Finally, she mentors medical students and fellows on various clinical and research aspects of MS, thereby training the next generation of physicians and researchers.

Dr. Waubant is the Chair of the scientific program of the Americas’ Committee on Treatment and Research on MS (ACTRIMS) and is chairing the US Pediatric MS Network Steering Committee. She is also a member of the International Pediatric MS Study Group Steering Committee. She serves on the advisory board of the National MS Society’s Northern California Chapter.

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