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2020 Grant Recipients

Posted by: The Sumaira Foundation in News & Announcements

November 9, 2020 – We are proud to announce the grant recipients of TSF’s 2020 research grants. Congratulations to our recipients who received $25,000 to initiate their projects!

Diagnostics in NMOSD

Farrah Mateen, MD, PhD | Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)

Aim: To pilot a novel point-of-care dry blood spot diagnostic test for patients with aquaporin 4-antibody  (AQP4) seropositive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)

 A Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test for Aquaporin-4 Antibody Seropositive Neuromyelitis Optica

MOG Statin

Michael Levy, MD, PhD | Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA)

Aim: To repurpose existing medications to stop the inflammatory process in patients with MOG antibody disease

Autoantibodies in NMOSD

Stacey Clardy, MD, PhD & Jonathan Galli, MD | University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)


Describe the epidemiologic characteristics of all patients who carry a diagnosis of NMOSD within the Department of Defense/Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS).

Confirm the presence of Aquaporin-4 and MOG autoantibodies in pre-symptomatic NMO samples

Investigating a Relapse Biomarker in MOG-AD

Tanuja Chitnis, MD | Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)


To evaluate dynamics of TNFAIP3 as a relapse biomarker in adults and children with MOG-AD

To evaluate the effects endogenous and exogenous steroids on levels of TNFAIP3 in patients  with MOG-AD

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