Jennifer Graves, MD, PhD, MAS
Director - Online Course and Program Development
Director - UCSD Neuroimmunology Research Program
Director - Rady Children's Pediatric MS Center
Dr. Graves is the Online Course and Program Development Director for the UC San Diego MAS in Clinical Research/CREST Program and a faculty instructor for the in-residence Patient Oriented Research course. She is an Associate Professor of Neurosciences and Director of the Neuroimmunology Research Program at UCSD. She is also Director of the Rady Children’s Pediatric MS Center and scientific member of the U.S. Network of Pediatric MS Centers. She completed an MD and PhD in Biophysics at the University of Texas Southwestern. She trained in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania receiving the Arthur K Asbury Award for Clinical Excellence. She completed two fellowships in Neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania and in Multiple Sclerosis and Clinical Research Methods at the University of California, San Francisco. She has received grant support from the NIH, the National MS Society, the Race to Erase MS and the Foundation for the CMSC. Her current research focuses on the role of biological age on MS phenotype. She has demonstrated that leukocyte telomere length is associated with disability accumulation in people living with MS and that a biomarker of ovarian aging is also associated with MS disability in women. She develops next-generation digital tools to assess neurological patients, leveraging sensors developed in the computer control industry as well as novel applications in mobile technology. Her other work includes the study of genetic, environmental and sex-related factors on disease course and the application of visual outcome measures in neuroimmunological diseases. She is a collaborator in several national and international research efforts in MS and participates in multi-center clinical trials. She serves on the board of IMSVisual and the editorial boards of Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology and Neurology.
- Received approval from the UCSD Grad Council to develop the first fully online asynchronous course for the UC San Diego MAS in Clinical Research/CREST Program.
- Launched the UCSD NeuCovid collaborative research effort in April 2020 to study the neurological complications of Covid-19 infection
- Received the UCSD GEMS award with engineering collaborators Drs. Jung and Takanishi to develop a portable brain computer interface to measure afferent and efferent visual dysfunction in patients with MS (https://medschool.ucsd.edu/research/actri/funding/Pages/2020-Galvanizing-Engineering-in-Medicine-Awards.aspx)
- Served on international panels to redefine progressive MS and to publish the first diagnostic criteria for a new neuroimmunological disease (anti-MOG antibody associated disease)
- Published work on a wearable multisensor that can objectively and reliably detect MS disability progression in a single limb, demonstrating the potential of wearable sensors to enhance the 150-year-old neurological exam (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33211403/ https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/acn3.50988)
- Served as a key note speaker representing the US experience for the launch of the first national pediatric MS program in Finland
- Invited platform speaker for multiple MS conferences including ACTRIMS and the CMSC
- Authored over 20 research articles and received multiple new grants supporting observational and interventional MS research