The US Network of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Centers: Development, Progress, and Next Steps

T. Charles Casper, John W. Rose, Shelly Roalstad, Emmanuelle Waubant, Gregory Aaen, Anita Belman, Tanuja Chitnis, Mark Gorman, Lauren Krupp, Timothy E. Lotze, Jayne Ness, Marc Patterson, Moses Rodriguez, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Brittan Browning, Jennifer Graves, Jan Mendelt Tillema, Leslie Benson, Yolanda Harris

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Multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases in the pediatric population have received an increasing level of attention by clinicians and researchers. The low incidence of these diseases in children creates a need for the involvement of multiple clinical centers in research efforts. The Network of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Centers was created initially in 2006 to improve the diagnosis and care of children with demyelinating diseases. In 2010, the Network shifted its focus to multicenter research while continuing to advance the care of patients. The Network has obtained support from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health. The Network will continue to serve as a platform for conducting impactful research in pediatric demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system. This article provides a description of the history and development, organization, mission, research priorities, current studies, and future plans of the Network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1381-1387
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of child neurology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 18 2015


  • demyelinating disease
  • multicenter research
  • multiple sclerosis
  • network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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