Prof Gavin Giovannoni will be stepping back from his role as Academic Director


It is with deep regret we announce that Professor Gavin Giovannoni will be stepping back from his role as Academic Director of the MS Academy in March 2021. Gavin has made the decision to step back from a number of roles he currently holds following his very serious accident prior to Christmas, to enable him the time to focus on his own rehabilitation, alongside additionally trying to improve rehabilitation services in MS.

He said “since coming back from my accident I realise the need to prioritise my time and academic commitments. I also need time to continue my physical rehabilitation to maximise my chance of making a complete recovery. As co-director of a newly created Preventive Neurology Unit, within my University, I have decided to make this my priority for the next 10 years of my career.

It is, therefore, with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign as Academic Director of the MS Academy. I am therefore going to have to hand over the reins to somebody else who has the time and energy to commit to it.”

Prof Gavin Giovannoni

Professor of Neurology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Sarah Gillett MD of the MS Academy said Gavin has provided exceptional leadership to the Academy, which has now trained over 993 individual neurologists and health care professionals in MS over the four year period he has worked within the programme. His enthusiasm for improving MS care is contagious and he has provided a great springboard for work to continue. Gavin has led the MS Academy from strength to strength to improve standards of MS care across the UK, developing with the Academy a number of educational activities: the original MS Foundation and Advanced MasterClass and more recently MS Basecamp. He has spearheaded the Raising the Bar (RtB) programme to improve MS standards of care with an impressive three year vision for improvement which is well underway.

He will be greatly missed but the MasterClass Faculty are committed to delivering the vision he developed and Dr David Paling will be continuing in his role until we appoint one or two new Academic Directors to work alongside him. If you are interested in this position, please contact Jamie McGregor, Director of Policy, Intelligence and Operations.

Encouraging excellence, developing leaders, inspiring change

MS Academy was established five years ago and in that time has accomplished a huge amount. The six different levels of specialist MS training are dedicated to case-based learning and practical application of cutting edge research. Home to national programme Raising the Bar and the fantastic workstream content it is producing, this is an exciting Academy to belong to.