Kenneth P. Johnson Memorial Lecture

ACTRIMS is proud to present an annual lecture named in honor of the late Kenneth P. Johnson, MD, who spearheaded the foundation of ACTRIMS®. The lecture provides an opportunity to hear from a prestigious clinician or researcher selected for their knowledge, accomplishments and contributions related to multiple sclerosis. To learn more about Kenneth P. Johnson and past lecturers, click here

2020 Lecturer: Dr. Peter Calabresi, Johns Hopkins University

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Peter A. Calabresi, MD is a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Director of the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center.  Dr. Calabresi is also Director of the Richard T. Johnson Division of Neuroimmunology and Neuroinfectious Diseases. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale College and medical degree from Brown University. Dr. Calabresi completed residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Neuroimmunology Branch.

Dr. Calabresi serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Clinical Investigation and the Multiple Sclerosis Journal. He served as Chair of a grant review committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was a standing member of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumors Study Section. As director of the MS Center at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Calabresi has been the principal investigator on several clinical trials and oversees translational laboratory research projects and co-directs the Johns Hopkins Precision Medicine Center of Excellence.

His specific laboratory research interest lies in understanding the mechanisms of T lymphocyte differentiation into effector memory T cells and how these T cells interface with glial cells in the brain to modulate remyelination. Dr. Calabresi has published over 300 research papers including numerous articles on imaging and the immunopathogenesis of MS. He was the recipient of a five-year NMSS Collaborative Center grant from the National MS Society to study endogenous remyelination in MS, and the Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Calabresi was co-awarded the Barancik prize for innovation in MS research in 2015 and was elected to the American Association of Physicians in 2017.