The Age Span Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Neuroinflammatory Disorders Program

Overview

The Age Span Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Neuroinflammatory Disorders offers a 1 to 3- year clinical or research fellowship for adult neurology and pediatric neurology trainees. Training occurs with our distinguished faculty and supported by advanced practice providers, pharmacists, research coordinators, and social worker. The Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Clinic at Penn is recognized as a National MS Comprehensive Care Center of Excellence, integrating ancillary services to provide comprehensive care and availability of basic science, translational, and clinical research studies. The Age Span Program seamlessly integrates education, patient care, and research with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and includes several opportunities such as the NMO and MOG-AD Disease Program, Undiagnosed White Matter Disorders Adult Neurogenetics Clinic, Neurosarcoidosis Clinic, and the Age-Span Women’s MS Program to develop well-rounded neuroinflammatory experts.

History of The Age Span Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Neuroinflammatory Disorders Program
  • 1958: University of Pennsylvania MS Division was established by Melvin Thorner. The 2nd Division in the U.S. dedicated only to Multiple Sclerosis Care
  • 1963 – 1970: Dr. Donald Silberberg leads the Division
  • 1970: Dr. Robert Lisak leads the Division and creates the first Comprehensive MS and Research Center in the US
  • 2016: Amit Bar-Or and Dr. Brenda Banwell create the Age-Span Program
The Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at Penn is recognized as a National MS Comprehensive Care Center of Excellence
  • Neurological care at cutting edge 
  • Integration with ancillary services to provide comprehensive care including rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, urology, psychiatry, etc. 
  • Availability of research studies 
Funding Sources for the Fellowship Past & Current
  • National MS Society 
  • Transverse Myelitis Association
  • Industry Supported
  • Multiple options for the research track including those supported by T32 or R25 mechanisms

Fellowship Curriculum

  • Clinical Track: Training in diagnosis and management of Multiple Sclerosis and related disorders including NMOSD, MOGAD, Granulomatous Disease, and Neurological Manifestations of Systemic Disease. By the end of training fellows are expected to demonstrate proficient comfort in management of these disorders and complete a scholarly project in their area of interest
  • Research Track: Post-doctoral training in basic science basic science laboratory or formal training in clinical research, through the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) Degree program in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB).
  • Core coursework for the MSCE degree includes the following:
    • Introductory Epidemiology (EP 510)
    • Introductory Biostatistics (EP 520)
    • Statistical Methods for Epidemiologic Research (EP 521)
    • Database Management for Clinical Epidemiology (EP 532)
    • Measurement of Health in Epidemiology (EP 542, or other health measurement course)
    • Issues in Research Protocol Development (EP 560)
    • Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature (EP 570)
    • Tutorial in Epidemiologic Research (EP 610)
  • Available for Both Tracks:
  • Didactics
    • Fellows Bootcamp Lecture Series: Introduction to MS and related neuroinflammatory disorders evaluation and management 
    • Monthly journal club addressing both clinical and research topics
    • Weekly Division-wide lecture series that covers research (basic and clinical) and clinical care 
    • Bi-monthly case conferences in collaboration with CHOP 
    • ACTRIMS Didactic Lecture Series (ACTRIMS LMS - ACTRIMS Didactic Lecture Series (mclms.net))

Application Process 

  • The application materials for our July 2024 Clinical Track Fellowship must be submitted in full by the deadline of January 15, 2023. Please note that we are reviewing applications on a rolling basis. 
  • Adult Age Span Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Neuroinflammatory Disorders: Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a professional photo to PennNeuroFellowships@uphs.upenn.edu
  • Questions regarding the Research Track application process can be emailed to  Jennifer.Orthmann-Murphy@pennmedicine.upenn.edu 
  • Pediatric Age Span Fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Neuroinflammatory Disorders:  Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation and a professional photo to Sarah Hopkins, MD: HOPKINSS1@email.chop.edu 

Alumni

The Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania was instrumental in reaching my goal of an academic career in MS. I trained under the mentorship and supervision of world experts in adult and pediatric MS in clinic and beyond. Penn’s MS fellowship is unique in many ways, not the least of which is the ability to train in adult and pediatric MS and gain valuable experience across the age spectrum. During my fellowship I also completed a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) with training in epidemiology, biostatistics, database management and decision analysis. My research focuses on novel methods to capture and treat important and complex MS symptoms such as fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. I am also studying novel ways to capture subtle changes in disability and exploring new markers for progression and repair in patients with MS using the anterior visual system and the brain MRI as models for neurodegeneration. My fellowship was funded by the NMSS/American Brain Foundation Clinician Scientist Development Award. During fellowship, I also obtained pilot funding for several other projects and endeavors. I am starting a faculty position as Assistant Professor in Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. I will continue to build on the knowledge and collaborative network that I started at Penn and hope to obtain my first mentored award in the very near future.
–Salim Chahin, MD, Fellow Class of 2014.

Multiple Sclerosis Faculty

 Jennifer Orthmann Murphy, MD, PhD
 Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Fellowship







 Sarah Hopkins, MD, MSPH
 Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Fellowship 







  Amit Bar-Or, MD, FRCPC
  Director, Center for Neuroinflammation and Neurotherapeutics
  Chief, Multiple Sclerosis Division 
  Melissa and Paul Anderson President's Distinguished Professor
  
  Faculty Profile






    Brenda Banwell, MD
    Chair, Department of Neurology at Children`s Hospital of Philadelphia
   
    Faculty Profile







 Joseph Berger, MD
Associate Chief of the Multiple Sclerosis Division
Professor of Neurology 

Faculty Profile




   Clyde Markowitz, MD

   Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center at Penn 
   Associate Professor of Neurology 
  






Dina Jacobs, MD
Clinical Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Center
Associate Professor of Neurology

Faculty Profile







Rohini D. Samudralwar, MD
Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders Fellowship



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Department of Neurology
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Philadelphia, PA 19104


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