Kelly R. Monk, PhD, an associate professor of developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The award supports research into understanding multiple sclerosis (MS) and seeking ways to treat the neurodegenerative condition.
Monk studies genes that govern the development of neurons in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. In particular, she is concerned with the development of myelin, the layer of insulation that speeds the propagation of electrical signals through the wiring of the nervous system. In patients with MS, the immune system attacks this insulation, slowing the signals and causing the progressive difficulties with movement and other symptoms associated with MS.
“It is a great honor to be named a Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar,” Monk said. “With this award, we will be studying two new genes that we have discovered to be critical for the proper formation of myelin in the central nervous system.”
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