Prof. Rhonda Voskuhl MD Jack H. Skirball Chair for Multiple Sclerosis Research Professor, UCLA Dept. of Neurology Director, UCLA Multiple Sclerosis Program Los Angeles (CA) | USA
Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D. is the Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program, the Jack H. Skirball Chair in MS Research, and a Professor in the Dept. of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an internationally recognized expert in MS, focusing on translational work by moving from the bedside (clinical observations) to the bench (research) to the bedside (novel clinical trials). She received the Berlin Institute of Health Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research for 2018, and was selected for the Kenneth P. Johnson Memorial Lecture for 2019 by Americas Committee for Research and Treatment of MS (ACTRIMS). Dr. Voskuhl has used cell-specific and region-specific transcriptomics to investigate the molecular basis for disabilities in MS to identify novel treatment targets optimized for each neurological pathway in each disability. Also, Dr. Voskuhl’s laboratory demonstrated independent roles for sex chromosomes in the immune system versus the central nervous system in the MS model, and determined mechanisms of sex chromosome effects including X-dosage and parental imprinting. Dr. Voskuhl’s laboratory also discovered estrogen receptor beta ligand as a novel neuroprotective treatment and showed the mechanism underlying its ability to cause remyelination. Translating findings back to patients, Dr.Voskuhl has designed and conducted four clinical trials testing hormone treatments in MS.