(Vienna, 21-01-2023) The Karl Vass Multiple Sclerosis Research Award was presented to Lukas Haider from the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at MedUni Vienna. Haider was honoured for outstanding research work by young Austrian scientists in the field of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
With this award, the MS Research Society honours the achievements of Karl Vass, who was the head of the Special Outpatient Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis at MedUni Vienna's Department of Neurology and who passed away unexpectedly in 2012. An international jury of experts and the board of the MS Research Society reviewed the submissions and determined the award winner. The prize, worth 10,000 euros, was presented to Lukas Haider in the lecture hall of the Josephinum.
Multiple Sclerosis is one of the most common causes of non-traumatic disability in young adults. Despite great progress in the treatment at the onset, the progressive phase of the disease in particular still raises significant questions. "Multiple Sclerosis has been my research focus for many years. I am trying to capture mechanisms involved in the damage to the central nervous system and map out their spatial and temporal distribution," explains Haider. According to Haider, the Medical University of Vienna offers a great platform for innovations at the interfaces of different disciplines and international cooperation through active research work in various fields.
About the person
Lukas Haider is a neuro-radiologist at MedUni Vienna's Department of Radiology. His research focuses on the field of Multiple Sclerosis.