Dennis Bourdette, M.D., F.A.A.N.

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Dr. Bourdette is Chair of the Department of Neurology, Roy and Eulalia Swank Family Research Professor, Executive Director of the OHSU Multiple Sclerosis Center and Co-Director of the VA MS Center of Excellence-West. He directs a team dedicated to curing and treating diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, and ALS.

He is nationally recognized for his important discoveries in the field of multiple sclerosis and oversees an annual research budget of over $2 million. His team has attracted grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, National MS Society, Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few. He and his colleagues have received international attention for their development of a TCR peptide vaccine called Neurovax for the treatment of multiple sclerosis and a new therapy called VG1000 being developed with a local biotechnology company, Virogenomics. Dr. Bourdette received his medical degree at the University of California at Davis, joined OHSU in 1984 as a resident in the Department of Neurology.

Selected Publications

"A randomized placebo-controlled pilot trial of omega-3 fatty acids and alpha lipoic acid in Alzheimer's disease," Journal of Alzheimer's Disease (Vol: 38, Issue: 1, Page 111-120) - 2014

"Alemtuzumab and multiple sclerosis: Is it safe?," Neurology (Vol: 83, Issue: 1, Page 17-18) - 2014

"Authors respond," Neurology: Clinical Practice (Vol: 4, Issue: 1, Page 3-) - 2014

"BCG vaccine for clinically isolated syndrome and MS: Infections and protective immunity," Neurology (Vol: 82, Issue: 1, Page 15-16) - 2014

"Body-worn sensors capture variability, but not decline, of gait and balance measures in multiple sclerosis over 18 months," Gait and Posture (Vol: 39, Issue: 3, Page 958-964) - 2014


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American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1985