About the Center

The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Neuroimmunology Center within the Department of Neurology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the most expert and comprehensive programs in the United States. It brings together world-renowned clinicians, researchers and educators who specialize in MS and related diseases, making it a destination center for patients from well beyond Central Ohio.

We believe complex neurological diseases like MS require a coordinated approach that leverages the latest diagnostic tools and cutting-edge therapeutics while simultaneously expanding our knowledge through research and education. Our multidisciplinary team treats and studies all forms of MS, including the four general categories: Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS), Relapsing-remitting (RRMS), Secondary progressive (SPMS) and Primary progressive (PPMS). We also have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of related disorders that can be confused with MS, such as neuromyelitis optic (NMO), neurosarcoidosis, autoimmune encephalitis and rheumatological disorders that affect the nervous system.

We offer the latest disease-modifying therapies, symptomatic treatments and rehabilitative interventions with a goal of preventing relapses and slowing or halting neurological decline. These clinical advancements are only strengthened by a robust research portfolio that includes active clinical trials and a group of faculty ardently committed to training the next generation of MS specialists and neuroimmunologists.

Welcome to the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center

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Medical professionals interested in exploring MS and neuroimmunology research, from animal models to investigator initiated clinical studies and trials, will find a supportive and rich environment at Ohio State. We offer a collaborative atmosphere that promotes rigor and innovation; we are dedicated to advancing global knowledge about MS and related disorders.

Benjamin Segal, MD
Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center
Chair, Department of Neurology
Director, Neuroscience Research Institute
Co-director, Neurological Institute

Center Highlights

  • Care is coordinated among a multidisciplinary team with specialized MS and neuroimmunology knowledge and experience. No specialist works in isolation and collaboration strengthens our approach. Depending on patient symptoms, a case team may include a neurologist, nurse, nurse practitioner, infusion nurse, social worker, urologist, psychiatrist, neuro-psychologist, neuro-radiologist, ophthalmologist, physical therapist, speech therapist, dietician, sleep medicine specialist and/or pharmacist.
  • The latest diagnostic tools inform more effective personalized treatment plans. This includes MRI, optical coherence tomography, evoked potential tests, and rapid onsite laboratory analysis of blood and spinal fluids.
  • A dedicated team of clinical trial coordinators and internationally recognized research labs studying the pathogenesis of MS and related conditions keep us at the forefront of medical innovation and knowledge.
  • Daily collaboration and active engagement with neurology residents and MS fellows challenges the entire team to keep informed about the latest research findings.

Programs and Services

  • Internationally prominent MS research laboratory program investigating the pathogenesis of MS and discovering novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets. The program is supported by Benjamin Segal, MD, along with an associate professor, three assistant professors and two postdoctoral fellows, as well as a team of technicians and graduate students.
  • Active clinical trial program supported by dedicated trial coordinators, biostatisticians and regulatory experts
  • In-house infusion suite for convenient administration of intravenous therapies
  • An MS Spasticity Management Clinic for treatment of severe and disabling stiffness in the limbs
  • Dedicated MS pharmacist who provides patient consultations, pre-treatment screening and long term monitoring for side-effects
  • MS and neuroimmunology rotation for neurology residents
  • Clinical MS fellowship program beginning spring 2021

Learn More About MS and Related Conditions

MS education: How Ohio State provides comprehensive care for multiple sclerosis

Briana Read, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, describes the vision and importance of this care community at a 2017 Scarlet and Gray Multiple Sclerosis Education Day.

MS education: Managing mental health with multiple sclerosis

At a 2017 Scarlet and Gray Multiple Sclerosis Education Day, Marjorie Scott, LISW-S, a clinical social worker, lists practical strategies for maintaining mental health in the face of MS, whether you have MS yourself or are the partner of someone with MS.

Our Locations

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Behavioral Health Olentangy River Road

Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany

Ohio State Health and Fitness Center New Albany

The Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center welcomes partnerships with referring physicians to provide the best possible care for their patients. Begin the referral process here.

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