The Center's mission and goals are met through a variety of programs and initiatives under the overall supervision of the Co-Directors, Dr. Khurram Bashir and Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste. The Co-Directors serve as a part of the internal Executive Steering Committee and provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the Center’s programs. The Executive Steering Committee includes additional faculty members appointed by the Co-Directors to assist with providing guidance for the development, ongoing evaluation and administration of the Center's programs.

An External Scientific Advisory Committee of nationally recognized experts in multiple sclerosis meets annually to provide recommendations about the Center's programs to the leadership team. A Community Advisory Board of community leaders with interest in multiple sclerosis meets regularly with the Co-Directors and the Executive Steering Committee members to provide recommendations regarding the needs of patients with multiple sclerosis in the community and increase public awareness on critical issues pertinent to multiple sclerosis. 


Dr. Bashir in the lab

Khurram Bashir, MD, MPH

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Neurology
Director, Division of Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis
Co-Director, Multiple Sclerosis Center and Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Diseases
Director, Neurology Residency Training Program
Dr. Benveniste

Etty (Tika) Benveniste, PhD

Senior Vice Dean for Basic Sciences, Heersink School of Medicine 
Associate Vice President for Medicine and Basic Sciences 
Co-Director, UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center
Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology
Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology

Executive Steering Committee

Gary Cutter, PhD Gary Cutter

Department of Biostatistics
School of Public Health

Laurie Harrington, PhD Laurie Harrington

Associate Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental, & Integrative Biology

Robert Motl, PhD Robert Motl

Professor and Director of Research
Department of Physical Therapy Co-Director
Exercise Neuroscience Research Laboratory
Associate Director of Research
UAB-Lakeshore Collaborative

Jayne M. Ness, MD, PhD Jayne M. Ness

Department of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disease (CPODD)
UAB Pediatric Neurology

Chander Raman, PhD Chander Raman

Department of Medicine
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology

Community Advisory Board

Nancy Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBANancy Dunlap

Former Medical Director for the Alabama Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Program;
Chief of Staff, VP for Ambulatory Services, and Chief Operating Officer of The Kirklin Clinic at UAB

Hafiz ChandiwalaHafiz Chandiwala

Senior Vice President, CFO, Treasurer & Assistant Secretary,
Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.

Edwin Stuardi IIIEdwin Stuardi III

Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman and Rouse, P.C.

Rob BurtonRob Burton

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Hoar Construction, LLC

External Scientific Advisory Committee

The External Scientific Advisory Committee of the UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center consists of leading scientists and clinicians from around the world with expertise and experience relevant to our mission.

Anne H. Cross, MD Anne Cross

Manny and Rosalyn Rosenthal - Dr. John Trotter MS Center Chair in Neuroimmunology
Professor of Neurology, Division of Adult Neurology
Section Head, Neuroimmunology
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Anne H. Cross, MD, is the Manny and Rosalyn Rosenthal - Dr. John Trotter MS Center Chair in Neuroimmunology and Professor of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed her neurology residency training at George Washington University, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. Following six years of fellowship training in the Neuroimmunology Branch at the National Institutes of Health, Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Cross was awarded the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her research interests include understanding the mechanisms involved in pathogenesis of inflammation and demyelination in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Dr. Cross has authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed journal articles that have been published in Archives of Neurology, American Journal of Pathology, and Journal of Leukocyte Biology, amongst others. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, International Society of Neuroimmunology, Central Society for Neurologic Research and the American Neurological Association.  

Benjamin M. Segal, MD Ben Segal

Holtom-Garrett Professor of Neurology
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center and Program in Immunology
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Benjamin M. Segal, MD, is the Holtom-Garrett Professor of Neurology, and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center and Program in Neuroimmunology at the University of Michigan. He is also a Senior Scholar of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, VA Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence-East. Dr. Segal received his BS in Biochemistry, magna cum laude (’84), and his MD (’88) with honors from Brown University. He took an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago and a residency in Neurology at the New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical School. He then did fellowships in Neuroimmunology at NINDS, NIH and  Cellular Immunology at NIAID, NIH.  He was a Lieutenant Commander in the Public Health Service between 1992-1999. Dr. Segal’s research interests include the role of cytokine/chemokine networks in MS and its animal models, and the discovery of biomarkers and novel therapeutic targets in MS.  His awards include the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Commendation Medal from the Public Health Service and a Taubman Scholar Award.  He has been consistently named to the “Best Doctors in America” list since 2011.  In 2014, he was inducted into the University of Michigan League of Research Excellence.  He is currently Chair of the Research Advisory Board for the VA Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence-East and Chair of the Program Committee for the Americas Committee for Research & Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS).

Jack Antel, MD Antel

Director, MS Research and Treatment Program
Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Jack Antel is a clinical neurologist who coordinates the Multiple Sclerosis Research and Treatment Program at the Montreal Neurological Institute. He serves as the Scientific Director of the endMS Research and Training Network supported by the MS Society of Canada. He has been President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology, is president-elect of ACTRIMS, and is co-Editor of the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.  His research interests include understanding the mechanisms of tissue injury and repair that occur in MS and how these can be therapeutically targeted. He received the 2005 Dystel Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology.