Our team of specialists at the Washington University Pediatric MS & Demyelinating Diseases Center focuses it efforts on understanding, diagnosis, treating diseases affecting the myelin sheath, or protective covering, of neurons. This process, known as demyelination, leads to the impairment of nerve conduction and signals. The areas we study and treat include:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Autoimmune demyelinating diseases
    optic neuritis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica and other clinically isolated syndromes
  • Leukodystrophies
    adrenoleukodystrophies, metachromic leukodystrophies, Krabbe’s disease, Alexander disease, Canavan disease, Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, vanishing white matter diseases and other leukodystrophies
  • Autoimmune encephalopathies
    nmethyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) encephalitis, ADEM, voltage gated potassium channel encephalopathy and other autoimmune encephalitis