Scientific Committee


Ukraine – ELA Scientific committee statement

“The European Leukodystrophy Association international scientific advisory board wishes to express its concern and sympathy for people and families affected by leukodystrophy and the war in Ukraine. We understand the great difficulty of taking care of children with rare disease, especially without access to proper hospital care or medicines.

Our board members will endeavour to provide direct medical support to refugees as well as hospitals and healthcare providers in the region that can benefit from specialist medical advice on care of leukodystrophy patients.

This is a time of empathy and unity for all people and families affected by leukodystrophy”


The role and procedure of ELA International Scientific Committee

The ELA International Scientific Committee regroups 15 members.

The president, Pr. Florian Eichler (MassGeneral Hospital for Children – Boston, USA), is assisted by a vice-President, Dr. Caroline Sevin (Hôpital Bicêtre, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France).

The members serve for 3 years. A third of the committee will be renewed every year. The Scientific Committee includes international experts of leukodystrophies who meet twice a year and whenever necessary.

The Scientific Committee develops the rules of procedure related to the call for proposals and establishes the content of the call according to the guidelines established by ELA International. The President, in connection with the ELA International Research Department, chooses and updates the list of experts solicited to review the projects submitted to ELA International.

The Scientific Committee evaluates the research projects submitted to ELA International following the annual call for proposals with the help of external reviews, and identify the best projects.
It also evaluates projects outside of the call for proposals.

The Scientific Committee’s mission is also to encourage exchanges between its members.

Florian EICHLER
Nationality: American

President of the Scientific Committee
MD

Pediatric and Adult Neurology
Director of the Leukodystrophy Service
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Caroline SEVIN
Nationality: French

Vice-presidente
MD

Pediatric Neurology
Leukodystrophy Reference Center
Pediatric Neurology department
Bicêtre Hospital
Kremelin-Bicètre, France

Elena AMBROSINI
Nationality: Italian

PhD

Neurobiology
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Instituto Superiore di Sanità
Rome, Italy

Enrico BERTINI
Nationality: Italian

MD

Professor of Pediatric Neurology
Head of the Neuromuscular and Neurodegenerative disease unit
Laboratory of Molecular Medicine
Ospedale Bambino Gesu Research Hospital
Rome, Italy

Nathalie CARTIER
Nationality: French

MD

Director of research INSERM
Institut for Brain and Spine (ICM)
La Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital
Paris, France

Raul ESTEVEZ
Nationality: Spanish

PhD

Professor of Physiology
University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Samuel GROESCHEL
Nationality: German

MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurology
University Children’s Hospital
Tuebingen, Germany

David HUNT
Nationality: English

MD, PhD

Molecular Biology and Inflammatory Diseases
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK

Stephan KEMP
Nationality: Dutch

PhD

Academic Medical Center Principal Investigator
Genetic Metabolic Diseases Department
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tanja KUHLMANN
Nationality: German

Associate Professor and Senior Neuropathology Consultant
Institute of Neuropathology
University Hospital of Münster
Münster, Germany

Wolfgang KOEHLER
Nationality: German

MD

Clinical neurology
MZEB
University Hospital Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany

Yann NADJAR
Nationality: French

MD, PhD Neurologist

Neuro-Genetics and Metabolism
Lysosomal Diseases Reference Center
La Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital
Paris, France

David ROWITCH
Nationality: American

MD, PhD, ScD

Pediatric Neurology
Professor and Head of Department University of Cambridge Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery, UCSF Cambridge, UK

Adeline VANDERVER
Nationality: American

MD

Neurology Programm Director of the Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Nicole WOLF
Nationality: Dutch

MD, PhD

Pediatric Neurology, Neurosciences
Neurology Center for Childhood White Matter Disorders
VUmc – VU University Medical Center Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands