Stephen Hauser to receive Charcot award.
The Multiple Sclerosis International Federation has named UC San Francisco neurologist Stephen L. Hauser, M.D., the winner of its 2013 Charcot award, the top international prize for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.
The award is given every two years to recognize lifetime achievement for improving the treatment and understanding of the central nervous system disease, which affects an estimated 2 million people around the world.
Hauser is the Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and the chair of the Department of Neurology at UCSF. With his colleagues on campus and at institutions around the world, Hauser has been at the forefront of clinical and laboratory research devoted to the disease for the last few decades, pioneering studies that have deciphered the genetic basis and autoimmune etiology of the disease.
“Three decades ago, when I first began to see patients with MS, we understood so little about this cruel and increasingly common disease, but since then the field has been transformed, and today progress is accelerating at an amazing pace,” Hauser said.
“Despite this progress, much more needs to be done,” he added. “My many colleagues at UCSF who are dedicated to patient care and research against multiple sclerosis share this common goal: to eradicate the disease in our lifetimes.”