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Raymond Roos, M.D.

Dr. Raymond Roos is the Marjorie and Robert E. Straus Professor in Neurological Science at the University of Chicago, as well as co-director of the Center for Peripheral Neuropathy.

He pursued his M.D. at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. In 1969, he was a Staff Associate at the laboratory of Dr. D. Carleton Gajdusek, a Nobel Prize winner, and C.J. Gibbs, Jr. in the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, NIH, investigating unconventional virus infections of the central nervous system. Following this, Dr. Roos was a Neurology resident at John Hopkins Hospital and then a fellow there in Neuroimmunology and Neurovirology.

Dr. Roos joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago in 1976, and became Chairman in 1996. He left Chicago on two occasions, once when he was a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Cell, Viral and Molecular Biology at the University of Utah, and another in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Roos has had a long-standing interest in neuromuscular diseases, including neuropathy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He is also involved in the use of viruses for gene therapy of disorders of the peripheral and central nervous system.

Currently, Dr. Roos is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a member of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, American Neurological Association and the Society for Neuroscience. He previously served on the Program Project Review Committee Study Section, NINDS, NIH (1990-1994); Chairman, Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, FDA (1995-1996); NIH Virology Study Section (1996-2000); Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee (for Mad Cow and related diseases), FDA (1996-2001); Chairman, Scientific Review Committee, ALS Association (2000-2001); The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee to Examine "Multiple Sclerosis; Current Status and Strategies for the Future" (1999 – 2000); The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee to Examine "Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies" (2002 - 2003). He is also on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Neurology a Senior Associate Editor of MedLink (an on-line neurology review) and was previously on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neuroimmunology and the Journal of NeuroVirology.

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