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November 8, 2023 — The Sumaira Foundation is pleased to welcome Professor Jefferson Becker of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) in Brazil to join TSF’s international Medical Advisory Board. Pr. Becker joins TSF as the first NMOSD/MOGAD expert from Brazil to join our growing team.
Jefferson Becker, MD, M.Sc., PhD, is a consultant neurologist and professor of neurology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. His work is focused mainly on the diagnosis and treatment of neuroimmunological diseases.
He graduated in medicine from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1994 and completed his residency training in neurology at PUCRS. He subsequently undertook a fellowship in neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, UK, before completing an M.Sc. and PhD in neurosciences at PUCRS.
He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (LACTRIMS) and the Brazilian Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (BCTRIMS). Moreover, he is a member of the Scientific Board of the European Charcot Foundation and of the Scientific Committee in Neuroimmunology of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology. He is also the former president of the Brazilian Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (BCTRIMS).
His main research interests focus on multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, MOGAD, and other autoimmune diseases of the nervous system. Finally, Dr. Becker speaks four languages (Portuguese, English, Spanish, and, less fluently, French).