The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program

MS Program Lead: Dr. Michael Yeung

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Program provides multidisciplinary, population-based care to people with MS and other Central Nervous System (CNS) demyelinating disorders living in southern Alberta and southeastern British Columbia. We are “one program on two sites” with clinics at both Foothills Medical Centre and South Health Campus.

The services provided by our specialized clinical team, based on a chronic disease management approach, include medical, nursing, rehabilitation and counseling. Our goal is to prevent or lessen disability and optimize wellness. Our team also provides leadership in care delivery and regularly provides advice regarding policies related to MS care.

Education

The MS Program supports the education of trainees at all levels. Neurology residents do MS Clinic rotations in their junior and senior years. MS fellows are involved in care and research. There are currently two MS Fellows, Dr. Carlos Camara-Lemarroy from Mexico, and Dr. Wei-Qiao Liu from UBC. MS Fellowships at the University of Calgary MS Program can be either clinical- or research-based, and can be from one to two years.

Research

The MS program is well recognized for its research strengths. In association with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, research includes: translational research, clinical and epidemiological research, basic science, innovations in imaging and trial design, and clinical trials. Several investigator-initiated trials are ongoing in RRMS and progressive MS.

Dr. Luanne Metz’s translational research trial of minocycline in clinically isolated syndrome was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2017. This was a multi-centre clinical trial that was funded by the MS Society of Canada. The risk of conversion from a clinically isolated syndrome to MS was significantly lower with minocycline versus placebo over 6 months.

Members 

Physicians: Katayoun Alikhani, Nadeem Bhanji, Jodie Burton, Kevin Busche, Chris Hahn, Marcus Koch, Scott Jarvis, Dan McGowan, Aaron Mackie, Luanne Metz, William Murphy, Scott Patten, David Patry, Rory Sellmer, Michael Yeung 

Basic and Imaging Scientists: Jeff Dunn, Shalina Ousman, Bruce Pike, Peter Stys, V. Wee Yong, Yunyan Zhang

(Updated June 2019)