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Multiple Sclerosis: Current Status and Strategies for the Future (2001)

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: List of Expert Consultants." Institute of Medicine. 2001. Multiple Sclerosis: Current Status and Strategies for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10031.
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Appendix B

List of Expert Consultants

Dedra S. Buchwald
Associate Professor and Director
Chronic Fatigue Clinic
University of Washington Department of Medicine

Howard L. Fields
Professor of Neurology and Physiology
University of California at San Francisco

Robert W. Hamill
Chair, Neurology Department
University of Vermont

David E. Krebs
Professor and Director
MGH Biomotion Laboratory
Harvard University

T. Jock Murray
Dalhousie Medical School
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Robert G. Robinson
Head, Psychiatry Department
University of Iowa

Richard Rudick
Director, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

W. Zev Rymer
John G. Searle Professor and Director of Research
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Northwestern University

Marca Sipski
Associate Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Miami School of Medicine

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: List of Expert Consultants." Institute of Medicine. 2001. Multiple Sclerosis: Current Status and Strategies for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10031.
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Page 378

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: List of Expert Consultants." Institute of Medicine. 2001. Multiple Sclerosis: Current Status and Strategies for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10031.
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Page 377
Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: List of Expert Consultants." Institute of Medicine. 2001. Multiple Sclerosis: Current Status and Strategies for the Future. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10031.
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Page 378
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