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Dr. Benatar

Michael Benatar, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Neurology and the Chief of the Neuromuscular Division in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami. He is also the first incumbent of the Walter Bradley Chair in ALS Research. Dr. Benatar earned his medical degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and his PhD in Neuroscience at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He also has a Masters in Science in Clinical Research, which he acquired at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his Neurology Residency and a Neurophysiology Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He leads an active program of clinical and translational ALS research that encompasses clinical trials, genetics, and the development of physiological and imaging biomarkers. His research program is devoted to understanding the reasons why therapy development efforts have not been successful in the past and to development of effective treatments for patients with ALS.

Ashok Verma

Ashok Verma, MD, DM, MBA received his MD in Internal Medicine from the S.M.S. Medical College in Jaipur and a Doctorate in Medicine (Neurology) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Neurology and Fogarty Fellowship of National Institutes of Health in Neuromuscular Medicine. Dr. Verma is certified by the American Boards of Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He joined the faculty of Neurology at the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1998 and he is currently a Professor of Clinical Neurology. Dr. Verma has edited nine books and authored several monographs and articles dealing with neurological disorders and ALS.

Khema Sharma

Khema Sharma, MD is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Miami. He received his medical degree from the S.P. Medical College Bikaner in Jaipur, India. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Vermont, clinical fellowships in electromyography (Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and clinical neurophysiology (UC Davis) and a research fellowship in neuromuscular disease at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Sharma is board certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has broad clinical interests within the realm of neuromuscular disease and, in addition to providing care for ALS patients he has served as the site-principal investigator on multiple industry- and federally- funded ALS clinical trials.

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