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CornerStone Vol. 26, No. 2, Fall 2016/Winter 2017
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Two Siblings, One Medical Miracle
Growing for the Future: Winthrop and NYU Langone Medical Center Announce Plans to Affiliate
Longtime Orthopedic Nurse Turns to her Own Institution for Care
Celebrating a Decade of Inspired Care
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New Phase
Young Diver Recovers Quickly Thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Winthrop Earns High Accolades from U.S. News & World Report
Winthrop-University Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Trauma Center Receives Verification as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
Phoebe Lynn Lewis Foundation Raises Lung Cancer Awareness at Winthrop and Beyond
Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis Detection
Lieutenant Governor Tours New Research & Academic Center
Winthrop Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Winthrop Gala Raises More than $1,009,000 for Research
31st Annual Golf Tournament Raises $635,000 for Winthrop's Research Programs
Child Safety Tips for Grandparents
Local Foundation Committed in the Fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis Shows Generous support for ILD Research
"Bonding with Baby" Helps Siblings of Babies in the NICU
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Committed Support to Child Life
Winthrop's Child Life Program Earns Clinical Internship Accreditation
Matthew Fetzer Foundation Fulfills a Wish to Help Children Fighting Cancer
The Franceschini Family Continues Decade-Long Tradition of Giving to Winthrop
Winthrop Honors Apollo Family for Continued Benevolence
A Celebration of Life
Spreading Hope and Love
15 Years of Hope and Healing
Rock2Beat Red Carpet Party Supported by CME
Golfers Score a Hole-in-One for Kids with Cancer
Community Health Assessment Reveals Obesity and Chronic Disease Are Important Issues for Long Islanders
Garden City Girl Scouts Make "Surgi Dolls" for Young Patients
Winthrop Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 Homecare Elite
NFL Player and Winthrop Physician Team Up to Celebrate Survivorship with Special Brunch
 

Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis Detection


Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis DetectionEitan M. Akirav, PhD, Research Scientist, has uncovered a new way to detect Multiple Sclerosis

A team of Winthrop-University Hospital researchers, led by Eitan M. Akirav, PhD, Research Scientist, has found a new way to detect Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – a major breakthrough in a disease that can be difficult to diagnose. MS is a neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system that affects more than 400,000 people in the United States. The research was funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Marilyn Hilton Award for Innovation in MS Research.

Dr. Akirav has found biomarker – an indicator – for MS, allowing the team to develop a new, minimally invasive test for the disease. The biomarker's applications would include a more accurate diagnosis of MS, a better assessment of disease prognosis and how well the patient is responding to therapy, and the possibility of measuring cell loss in the blood to test how well new drugs and therapies work.

"We have tremendous hope that this will improve the quality of care that is available to patients with MS and allow us to diagnose the disease much sooner, so that they are able to receive the right therapy as soon as possible," said Dr. Akirav.

The assay's characteristics are minimally invasive and low cost, making it an affordable alternative to current approaches. The researchers will soon be expanding their studies to other forms of MS, including primary progressive and secondary progressive MS – consistent, progressive forms of the disease that are less understood than RRMS, as well as other neurological diseases.

For additional information about research initiatives at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.