Professor David Miller honoured at MS Frontiers

Published date: 30 Jun 2017 at 10:34AM

Photo: Chief Executive, Michelle Mitchell; Professor David Miller; our Chair of Trustees, Nick Winser; and our Interim Director of Research, Susan Kohlhaas.

Professor David Miller has been recognised for his exceptional lifetime contribution to MS research.

He was awarded the ‘Richard and Mary Cave Award for services to people with MS’ last night at the MS Frontiers research conference.

Extraordinary impact

Professor Miller has been instrumental in improving MRI technology and shaping how it’s used in MS. He’s also been a key figure in many clinical trials testing new treatments for both relapsing and progressive MS.

Dr Susan Kolhaas, our Interim Director of Research, said: “David’s work has had an extraordinary impact on our understanding of MS, and has dramatically improved the way we diagnose and monitor the condition.”

Looking to the future

Receiving the award, Professor Miller said: "I feel truly honoured, but wish to say that anything I have done has only been achieved through multi disciplinary collaboration. To this I would add that productive research needs good funding, and much of what I and my colleagues have achieved would not have been possible without the support of the MS Society. 

"Looking to the future, I see no reason why the impressive rate of progress in MS research should not continue. The MS Society is right to focus its efforts on stopping progression of MS, and I have every confidence that this can be achieved."

Changing outlook

Richard and Mary Cave set up the MS Society in 1953 to support people with MS. Their dedication has inspired thousands of volunteers, supporters and staff members to make a difference to the lives of people living with MS.

Phillip Cave, Richard and Mary’s grandson, said on behalf of him and his father Simon: “In 1939, when my grandmother Mary was initially diagnosed with what in those days was tentatively labelled Disseminated Sclerosis, she was told ‘there is nothing that can be done about it’. 

“Thanks to the work of Professor Miller and his colleagues, there are now a great many things that can be done about it.”

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