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Honoring Ben Barres

On December 27, 2017 Ben Barres, MD, PhD, passed away. Ben was a key member of the MRF team from our earliest days. I met Ben in February 2002 at the Gordon Research Conference on Myelin in Ventura. From that first meeting he was equally excited about the great science that he felt MRF’s collaborative approach could foster and the opportunity to pioneer MRF’s ARC model to accelerate basic science, translational medicine and ultimately treatments for patients. Ben helped attract stellar scientific advisors to MRF and discoveries made in his lab were fundamental to the fact that many pharmaceutical companies now have research programs underway to develop myelin repair treatments. I, along with the entire MRF team, feel fortunate to have known and worked with Ben.

Scott Johnson
Founder of MRF

Below are links to obituaries that attest to Ben's brilliance and impact:

Focus on Biomarkers

The Myelin Repair Foundation is identifying biomarkers to help accelerate myelin repair treatments. Learn more about the importance of biomarkers and the role they play in getting treatments to patients.