Marc Stecker Award for Excellence in MS Research

 

The Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) is pleased to announce the Marc
Stecker Award for Excellence in MS Research. Named in honor of Marc Stecker, a
founding member of the BNAC Advisory Council, the award seeks to foster an
innovative and patient-centric approach to research for which Mr. Stecker has been
widely recognized. He supports pro-active inclusion of patient perspectives in research,
exemplified by the tenet: “If you are doing research for us but doing it without us, then
it’s not about us.”


Marc Stecker has used his talents to bring new research ideas and valuable
information to thousands of people with Multiple Sclerosis (pwMS). As a former
producer and director of television, DVD’s and videos for over 20 years, Marc’s
aptitudes and attention to detail gave him impressive skills for interpreting data from
published studies on emerging disease modifying therapies. His self-education often led
him to critically assess the benefit/risks of therapies from a patient perspective and he
was comfortable sharing his views with researchers and industry officials. In 2009, Marc
launched the award-winning blog, www.wheelchairkamikaze.com that provided several
hundred visitors with a monthly comprehensive distillation of his extensive knowledge
about contemporary MS research and a clear explanation of how the research impacts
pwMS. While Marc publishes new blog posts only occasionally now, the essays are still
timely and provide excellent analyses and well-constructed arguments for pwMS about
risks and limitations of therapies.


Despite many setbacks in his own treatment journey, as a member of the BNAC
Advisory Council, Marc continues to encourage robust investigation of atypical angles in
examining new treatments or a cure. For example, Marc's tenacity in requesting BNAC
researchers investigate the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and its relationship to MS recently
yielded significant findings about focal destructive lesion pathology in RRMS patients
with higher EBV antibody titers.


The Marc Stecker Award The award will be given to a candidate who meets one of
the following criteria: any BNAC research affiliate, including BNAC full-time employee,
PhD student, Masters or undergraduate student, research Fellow, or BNAC consultant
who has been working with BNAC for at least one year. Nominations should be sent to
Dr. Robert Zivadinov, BNAC Director and can be submitted by any BNAC research
associate or BNAC Advisory Council member. They must include explanation and
examples of how the nominee displays these qualities:

  •  Evidence of persistence, courage and a willingness to pursue ideas that

         are not necessarily part of the mainstream

  • A vision that includes patient-centered outcomes and ideas
  •  An ability to communicate neurology research to a non-medical audience

         in a readily understandable manner

 

Nominations will be reviewed by the BNAC Research Committee and the Director.

 

Application Guidelines

This award will be given in honor of Marc Stecker, a founding member of the BNAC Advisory
Council and a faithful supporter of research into the causes of and cures for multiple sclerosis.

Eligibility
A minimum of one year experience with BNAC with affiliation from one of these categories:

  • Full or part-time employee
  • Candidate for PhD, Masters or undergraduate degree
  • Research Fellow
  • BNAC consultant

Qualifications
Nominations must include written explanation and examples to demonstrate these qualities:

  • Evidence of persistence, courage, and a willingness to pursue ideas that are not

        necessarily part of the mainstream.

  • A vision that includes patient-centered outcomes and ideas as part of their work
  • An ability to communicate neurology research to a non-medical audience in a readily

        understandable manner

Nomination Process

  •  Nominations in writing may be made by a BNAC research associate or a member of the

         BNAC Advisory Council and submitted to the Director.

  • The timeline for nominations and award decision will be announced.

Timeline for Application

  •  October 1, 2020

Review Process

  • The BNAC Director, along with the Research Committee will review nominations and

         select an award recipient by November 1, 2020
Value of the Award and Funding

  •  The recipient will receive $1,000
  •  Donations to support this award may be made to the BNAC Account item as stipulated

         by the Director