Don Bell Memorial Research Fellowship Sponsored by Rabbits Unlimited

Rabbits Unlimited, in partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are proud to announce the Don Bell Memorial Research Fellowship.

This undertaking, to further the advancement of research in support of finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, was done to honor the memory of Don and all of his dedicated time and efforts, and that of so many he inspired. (Read about Don)

Don and Eileen Bell

The fellowship recipient  is  Dr. Elina Misicka, PhD at Case Western in Cleveland.

Dr. Misicka’s research is focused on identifying and understanding biomarkers that could help in earlier diagnosis of MS and MS at different stages and may point to biological processes relevant to MS risk, disability or progression. This could lead to new treatments for MS and possibly even its prevention. 

Dr. Misicka and her team are investigating the biological mechanisms underlying MS  by comparing the metabolomic “fingerprints” between people with MS and people without MS, as well as those with relapsing MS compared to progressive MS, and men and women. This research attempts to better understand chemical processes that underlie MS and how it impacts people differently.   (Read more)

(See a Letter from Dr. Misicka)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

The Society seeks to attract and train promising young investigators and doctors into the field of MS by supporting the training of postdoctoral fellows in studies related to MS in its efforts to end MS forever. The Society supports fundamental as well as applied studies, non-clinical or clinical in nature, including projects in patient management, care and rehabilitation.  (Read about “Pathways to Cures”)

Rabbits Unlimited

In 2002, the event began as a family rabbit hunt on a Saturday morning. Afterwards, family and friends gathered together in a garage where a few small raffles took place throughout the day. That day $400 was raised, and the group decided to donate the funds to the MS Society in honor of family and friends who have been affected by the disease. The Bell family is at the core of the fundraiser, and has been passionate about contributing to MS research since the disease took the lives of two family members, Marge and Rich (daughter and son of Don and Eileen Bell). 22 years later the effort continues with year long activities and to date $811,000 has been raised.


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