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Nurse Honored by National MS Society

Monday, November 19, 2007

Martha Lightfoot, MSN, RNP, MSCN, is being honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the organization’s annual MS Dinner of Champions on November 17 in Rochester.

Lightfoot is an adult nurse practitioner in the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Neurology. Lightfoot has worked at the University of Rochester since 1990 and is part of a team of physicians and nurses at the Medical Center who staff one of the world’s leading MS clinics. About 2,500 MS patients from Western New York and beyond receive their care at URMC.

Lightfoot has participated in more than a dozen clinical trials studying new therapies for patients with MS and has lectured extensively in both the U.S. and overseas on MS disease management.  She also serves as an advisor to the National MS Society and several pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies that are developing new drugs to treat the disease. 

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous system. It is estimated that 350,000 people in the United States have the disease, which is one of the top causes of disability in young adults. Symptoms of the disease include fatigue, weakness, cognitive difficulties, and difficulty swallowing or walking.

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