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DURHAM, N.C. – Simon Gregory, an assistant professor in medical genetics at Duke University, is among researchers picked to receive $15.8 million in multiple sclerosis funding from the

Gregory will receive $499,000 for his work in detection of genes linked to MS. His project is titled “Defining the functional role of a novel MS susceptibility gene.” He also received a $1 million grant from the Carolina’s Campaign to Cure MS in April.

Forty-five projects were picked for the new round of MS funding. Grants are awarded based on assessments by more than 70 scientists who volunteer to evaluate proposals.

“Our longstanding investment has paid off with new treatments and better methods of diagnosis and disease management for people with MS,” said Jeff Furst, president of the MS Society Eastern NC Chapter. “We are thankful for Dr. Gregory’s contributions to drive the multiple sclerosis movement forward with his continued commitment and outstanding work.”