Lawrence Steinman, MD — Co-Chair
George A. Zimmermann Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences and Professor of Pediatrics at the Beckman Center for Molecular Medicine, Stanford University, USA
Dr. Lawrence Steinman is Professor of Neurology, Neurological Sciences and Pediatrics at Stanford University and was Chair of the Stanford Program in Immunology from 2001 to 2011. His research focuses on what provokes relapses and remissions in multiple sclerosis (MS), as well as antigen-specific therapy in type 1 diabetes, neuromyelitis optica, and myasthenia gravis. He is taking forward a pivotal clinical trial with antigen-specific tolerization therapy for type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Steinman co-founded several biotech companies, including Neurocrine, Atreca, Katexco, and Tolerion. He was a Director of Centocor from 1988 until its sale to Johnson and Johnson.
Dr. Steinman was senior author on the 1992 Nature article that led to the drug Tysabri, which is approved for MS and Crohn’s disease.
Dr. Steinman graduated magna cum laude in physics from Dartmouth College and holds a MD from Harvard Medical School. He was a post-doctoral fellow in chemical immunology fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science. After his neurology residency, he remained on the faculty in 1980. Dr. Steinman has received numerous honors, including the John M. Dystel Prize in 2004, the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the NINDS twice, the Charcot Prize in MS research, and the Cerami Prize in Translational Medicine. Dr. Steinman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.