One of MS Research Australia’s Founding Directors appointed President of the World Federation of Neurology

22 September, 2017
Professor Bill Carroll

Professor Bill Carroll

MS Research Australia would like to congratulate Professor Bill Carroll on his important and prestigious appointment as the President of the World Federation of Neurology.

Professor Bill Carroll is a leading neurologist, founding Director of MS Research Australia and current Chair of our International Research Review Board.

This appointment recognises his extensive experience in the domain of MS research, he sat on the MS Research Australia Board for more than 10 years and was the Founding Chair of the MS Research Australia Research Management Council (RMC), which is now chaired by Professor Broadley.

Bill in the collaboration with the founding CEO, Jeremy Wright, were instrumental in setting up many of the research governance structures and practices of MS Research Australia, and which have been replicated in many other for-purpose organisations around the world, which is an astonishing achievement.

With many MS treatments now readily available in Australia, Bill has shifted his focus directly onto progressive MS, to hopefully assist in reducing the significant disabling effects of this condition. Bill has continuously grown his global collaborations and is a key member of the scientific steering committee of the International Progressive MS Alliance to which MS Research Australia is a Managing Member.

One of the key goals of this global alliance is to fast-track new treatments for people with the progressive forms of the disease, which affects more than a million people worldwide.

“It is a very promising time at the moment, with an unstoppable momentum locally and globally, including the World Health Organization’s initiative for non-communicable diseases such as dementia, MS and stroke,” said Professor Carroll.

A member of the London-based World Federation of Neurology for the past 18 years. His appointment as President was announced during the World Congress of Neurology which is taking place this week in Kyoto, Japan.

Dr Matthew Miles, CEO of MS Research Australia and Vice Chair of the International Progressive MS Alliance , said “As the global MS community unites in adding solving progressive MS to its list of key goals via the International Progressive MS Alliance, Bill is a shining light on this incredibly exciting and successful global push now involving over 14 countries, as well as being an important Australian national figure in MS research and treatment.”

Professor Carroll said he was “deeply honored by his nomination and appointment”, stating that he intends to create a collaborative approach to achieve the goals of the world federation.

Professor Carroll will assume office on 1 January 2018.

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