In Memoriam - Dr. Samuel Ludwin



Dr. Samuel Ludwin 

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October 16, 1944 – January 21, 2020

Dr. Samuel Ludwin went to medical school at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and followed this with residency and fellowship training in Pathology and Neuropathology at Stanford University. He moved to Queen’s University Canada in 1975 and spent a sabbatical year as a Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. He served as Chair of Pathology at the University of Western Ontario from 1992-1993. In September 2010 he became a Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Molecular Medicine (Neuropathology) at Queens and a Visiting Scientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill. From 2002-2006 he held the positions of Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University and Vice-President (Research Development) Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals.

His clinical practice and teaching covered Neuropathology and his research centred on mechanisms of remyelination and demyelination, and oligodendrocyte and astrocyte behaviour in relationship to Multiple Sclerosis, as well as on clinical and experimental studies on the pathology of MS.

He was a Past-President of both the International Society of Neuropathology and of the Canadian Association of Neuropathologists.

Dr. Ludwin had been associated with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for about 35 years, and was a Past-Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the MSS Canada. He was on the Research Development Committee of the National MS Society of the US, and the MAB of the International Federation of MS Societies. He was on the Board of Directors and the Executive of ACTRIMS (Americas Committee for Research and Training in MS), and was on the teaching committee of ECTRIMS.

Dr. Ludwin was a founding member of the Myelin Project, and was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Myelin Repair Foundation out of San Francisco.