Dr. Simon Gregory was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame for his work to help end the disease that affects more than 2.3 million worldwide. He received the honor earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas.
With no cure or diagnostic test, multiple sclerosis remains a mysterious and unpredictable disease with symptoms ranging from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. Gregory’s work in genetics opened up a new field of research into how the IL7R gene contributes to the development of MS after he and his collaborators identified the gene’s association with the disease, forming the basis of ongoing study to understand the mechanism and signaling of IL74. He hopes his laboratory's efforts will generate biomarkers for MS that will help diagnose and treat the disease.
Gregory leads two substudies of the MURDOCK Study, Duke’s long-term medical research project based in Kannapolis. His team is working to recruit 1,000 people with multiple sclerosis and 100 people with Primary Progressive MS to understand disease development and progression at the molecular level. To learn more, call 704-250-5861 or visit www.murdock-study.org.