Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center

The UCSF Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Center is one of California's premier programs for evaluating, diagnosing and treating adult and pediatric patients with inflammatory diseases of the nervous system. Our knowledge and expertise in caring for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has won us designation as a comprehensive care center and as a Partner in MS Care from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Our team includes renowned experts in neurology, neuro-ophthalmology, neuropsychology, infectious disease and rehabilitative medicine. They work closely with one another, as well as with specialists in other fields, to provide personalized, comprehensive care for patients with all types of neuroinflammatory disease. The state-of-the-art tools and services of our Neurodiagnostic Center allow us to evaluate patients' conditions in great detail and use the information to design the best treatment plan for each person. The goal is to help our patients manage their symptoms and stay as active, healthy and independent as possible. The team also serves as an educational and emotional support resource for patients and their families. Telemedicine follow-up visits are available for those who find them more convenient.

While striving to deliver the best possible patient care, we also are committed to advancing medical understanding of the causes of neuroinflammatory disease and to finding potential cures. USCF is a top recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Our doctors have been on the forefront of research into the causes of MS and studies to develop new treatments. Dr. Stephen Hauser, director of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, was awarded the prestigious John Dystel Prize in 2008 for his pioneering studies on genetic susceptibility to MS. Other doctors at the center have helped develop breakthrough therapies, such as the drug ocrelizumab, a treatment for progressive MS approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2017. Our patients often have the opportunity to take part in clinical trials, studies to evaluate promising therapies.

Our center is part of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

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    Impact of Ocrelizumab on Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers at Multiple Sclerosis Onset

    Comparison of intrathecal synthesis of gammaglobulins in treatment-naïve relapsing MS and clinically isolated syndrome participants before and after 3 years of treatment with ocrelizumab. Intrathecal synthesis is measured by eithe...


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    A Study to Evaluate Ocrelizumab Treatment in Participants With Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

    NEP is defined as no progression sustained for at least 24 weeks on all of the following three components (confirmed disability progression [CDP]; ≥20% increase in timed 25-foot walk test [T25FWT]; ≥20% increase in nine-hole peg t...


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    A Study of the Safety and Activity of Eculizumab in Pediatric Participants With Relapsing Neuro...


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    Traditional Versus Early Aggressive Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis Trial

    Time to sustained disability progression is measured by the Expanded Disability Status Scale plus (EDSS+): a composite endpoint that includes EDSS change (change at any 6 month time point of > 1.0 point if baseline EDSS is < 5.5 o...


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    Bazedoxifene Acetate as a Remyelinating Agent in Multiple Sclerosis

    The primary objective is to evaluate the efficacy of BZA relative to placebo for reducing P100 latencies on full field transient pattern reversal visual evoked potentials (VEPs). In response to a visual stimulus, cortically genera...


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    Assessment of Clemastine Fumarate as a Remyelinating Agent in Acute Optic Neuritis (ReCOVER)

    To evaluate the efficacy of clemastine relative to placebo for reducing P100 latencies on full field transient pattern reversal visual evoked potentials. Measure will be reported as difference in P100 latency from baseline to 9 mo...


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    Non-invasive Transcranial Electrical Stimulation in MS

    Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) score will be used to measure processing speed. SDMT measures the time to pair abstract symbols with specific numbers. The test requires visuoperceptual processing, working memory, and psychomot...


    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Best hospital in Northern California

    • usnews-neurology

      Best in the U.S. in neurology & neurosurgery

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      The UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Center's research program focuses on investigating potential new treatments and improving understanding of the disease, including the effects of genes, the environment and the immune system.

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