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Ruth Dobson

AHSC Lead, Dementia

Ruth is currently a Reader and an Honorary Consultant Neurologist. Following her ABN fellowship, she completed her clinical training, and worked as a Consultant Neurologist at St Georges before obtaining a clinical-academic post in 2018. She was awarded an AAN International Scholarship Award during her PhD, and was identified by the Royal College of Physicians as an Emerging Women Leader in 2019. Current research projects are supported by the MS Society, Horne Family Foundation, Barts Charity, BMA Foundation, NMSS, MRC and NIHR. She has over 70 peer reviewed publications. She is currently Strategic Lead for Dementia at UCL Partners, Clinical Lead for Neurology at the Royal London Hospital, and a member of the ABN MS Advisory group.

Her main current research interests are around the early identification and epidemiology of multiple sclerosis, with a particular focus on genetic and environmental risk factors. She is also particularly interested in ensuring that all people with MS are represented in research; as such, her research has a focus on the roles of ethnicity, deprivation, and gender in MS. She led the publication of UK guidelines on pregnancy in MS, and has recently launched a UK MS pregnancy register. She is principal investigator on a large UK-wide MS pharmacovigilance study, OPTIMISE:MS, and is examining serological response to COVID vaccination.