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Regional Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence

By Rosalind Kalb, Barbara Giesser, Kathleen Costello

In 2006, the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society awarded $13.5 million for six regional Centers of Excellence to treat and study childhood MS. This network of centers offer optimal medical and psychosocial support to children under 18 and their families (with funds available to families in need of transportation, lodging, and medical care).

The centers are located in geographically diverse areas in order to serve as many children and families living with MS as possible. They’re staffed by teams of pediatric and adult MS experts who lead the field in MS diagnosis and treatment. The centers include the following:

  • Center for Pediatric-Onset Demyelinating Disease at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama (in connection with the University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  • Pediatric MS Center at Jacobs Neurological Institute (in connection with State University of New York at Buffalo)

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota

  • National Pediatric MS Center at Stony Brook University Hospital in Long Island, New York

  • Partners Pediatric MS Center at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston

  • San Francisco Regional Pediatric MS Center at University of California

To get the names of other MS physicians who treat children with MS, call the National MS Society.