UC's Waddell Center Affiliates with National MS Society
Published July 2006
Multiple Sclerosis patients, physicians, researchers and supporters gathered at the Vontz Center for Molecular Studies on June 6 to celebrate the affiliation of the Academic Health Center’s Waddell Center for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) with the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society (NMSS).
“The partnership between the Waddell Center and the NMSS provides collaborations that will help disseminate educational information to our patients,” said Bibiana Bielekova, MD, director of the Waddell Center. “Through our link to the NMSS, patients can find answers to a variety of frequently asked questions, such as how to get a wheel chair, legal support or specialized physical therapy.”
Linda Stetson, president of the Ohio Valley Chapter, noted that the chapter will assist in funding research at UC to find ways to overcome this devastating disease.
The Waddell Center is named for Oliver and Virgilee Waddell, who initiated a $5 million gift to bring world-class MS neurologists and laboratory scientists to the region. Oliver Waddell served as president of the First National Bank of Cincinnati and his wife, Virgilee, suffers from multiple sclerosis and is a 1956 UC alumnus.
The Waddell Center is a comprehensive center with doctors and nurses who understand how MS can affect many parts of the body, including the eyes and bladder. It is part of The Neuroscience Institute, a collaborative effort of nine academic departments at the UC College of Medicine, University Hospital and independent physician practice groups.