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B Cells in the Pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis: Newly Discovered Roles for a Veteran Player

Location: UFCU Room, Dell Seton Medical Center

Address: 1500 Red River St., Austin, Texas 78712 | View Map »

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Time: 7:30–8:30 a.m.

Contact: Michele Davis

About the Event

Join us for the next installment of Neurology Grand Rounds, featuring Robert P. Lisak, M.D., on B cells in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. Lisak is the Parker Webber Chair in Neurology and professor of biochemistry, microbiology and immunology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, the audience participant should be able to:

  • Describe the roles of B lymphocytes (B cells) and B-cell progeny (plasma blasts and plasma cells) in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis;
  • Recognize the potential role of B cells in the meninges and in the pathogenesis of cortical gray matter damage in multiple sclerosis;
  • Identify the mechanisms by which B cells directly damage oligodendrocytes and neurons in multiple sclerosis.

Target Audience

  • Primary: Neurologists, neuroscientists, nurses, residents, medical students
  • Secondary: Other health care professionals


This activity has been designed to promote some of the following desired physician attributes and competencies:

  • ACGME: Patient care and procedural skills; medical knowledge; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.
  • IOM: Provide patient-centered care; work in interdisciplinary teams; employ evidence-based practice; apply quality improvement; and utilize informatics.
  • IECC: Values/ethics for interprofessional practice; roles/responsibility; interprofessional communication; teams and teamwork.

Lisak has no relevant financial relationships to disclose relating to the educational content of this series.

The Neurology Grand Rounds planning committee members are William Schwartz, M.D.; Steve Roach, M.D.; Kent Ellington, M.D.; Michele Davis; and Jason Camarillo. The members of the planning committee report no financial relationships to disclose relating to the educational content of this series.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.