Welcome to the Virtual MS Center!
You can ask any question you want about Multiple Sclerosis and one of our experts will answer it. Click below to ask your question and the answer will be posted to this page as soon as possible.
Deborah Backus, PT, PhD is Director of Multiple Sclerosis Research at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Debbie received her B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1986, and her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2004. She has combined her experiences as a physical therapist, researcher and educator to focus on improving functional and health outcomes for people with neurological injury or disease, specifically related to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and spinal cord injury (SCI).
As part of the Eula C. and Andrew C. Carlos MS Rehabilitation and Wellness Program at Shepherd Center, she is focusing on the assessment of the health and wellness needs for people at varying stages of MS, and the evaluation of rehabilitation and exercise interventions that may be beneficial to people with MS. Her clinical experience combined with her research interests has fueled a passion for facilitating the translation of evidence into clinical practice, including influencing clinicians in practice, payers for reimbursement of evidence based interventions, and policy makers related to health policy. Dr. Debbie has presented both nationally and internationally, and has also published related to this work.
We have received comments from many of you about research studies sometimes being difficult to understand/decipher, and that you want more information about clinical trials and how to join. This month, Deborah will be starting "Ask Dr. Debbie" for HealthCare Journey. She will be providing information about research and also answering questions you might have about research. Please welcome Dr. Debbie to the site and look for the launch of "Ask Dr. Debbie" this month!
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