Dr. Wee Yong
Dr. Wee Yong is a Professor at the University of Calgary, Canada and is recognized as one the leading multiple sclerosis researchers in the world. His research interests lie in the area of neuroimmunology, neuroprotection and central nervous system regeneration.
Dr. Yong is passionate about translating research discoveries in his laboratory to clinical trials for MS in collaboration with neurologists. One example is minocycline, which has been shown to reduce relapses in early MS and adds to the benefit of the disease modifying therapy. Dr. Yong has published over 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, with publications in top journals including New England J Medicine, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, Lancet Neurology and PNAS. He has written on the unmet needs of MS, and of the prominent role of oxidative injury in MS.
Dr. Yong is an elected fellow of both the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. He is a past chair of the Medical Advisory Committee of the MS Society of Canada. Dr. Yong has been the President of the International Society of Neuroimmunology (2014-2016) and he continues to co-direct its Global Schools of Neuroimmunology. He received the 2017 Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine for ‘transformational discoveries in MS.