NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society announces Dr. Daniel Reich, a physician-scientist with the National Institutes of Health, has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research.
Dr. Reich directs the Translational Neuroradiology Section within the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurovirology of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Reich is a neurologist, neuroradiologist, and neuroscientist -- but you could also call him a "brain photographer". "I work on multiple sclerosis, and I do that by using MRI machines to take pictures of the brain, and the spinal cord," said Reich. "That's opened new doors into understanding how we might treat it, and prevent the disease." With his research group, Dr. Reich — whose work is predominantly focused on human imaging research in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) — has developed and evaluated an imaging approach that detects inflammation of the tissue layer that surrounds the brain, called the meninges. Reich has made several important observations, including showing two major patterns of lesion evolution, which can be used to assess the ultimate degree of tissue damage or recovery. This approach is being considered for clinical trials of myelin repair therapies in MS. "Dr. Reich's novel approaches to imaging disease activity in people with multiple sclerosis are creating new pathways to better treatments," said Dr. Timothy Coetzee, Chief Advocacy, Services and Research Officer at the National MS Society. "Winning the Barancik Prize means a lot to me as a researcher," said Reich. I'm really thrilled the committee found our work interesting, promising, and innovative."