Dr. Dore-Duffy's - Biographical Sketch



Paula Dore-Duffy PhD, FANA
Chief, Division of Neuroimmunology
Professor of Neurology
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Paula Dore-Duffy is a tenured Full Professor and Chief of the Division of Neuroimmunology in the Department of Neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is a member of the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars and served for many years as Research Director for the Wayne State University Multiple Sclerosis Center. Dr. Dore-Duffy relocated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington Connecticut where she served as Director of the MS Center for 9 years.  Dr. Dore-Duffy's research interests include the neuroimmunology of MS; traumatic brain injury; the role of the blood brain barrier in CNS diseases; and CNS plasticity and mechanisms that govern stress responses in the brain. For many years she has studied the physiology of the blood brain barrier.  She developed techniques to isolate the microvascular pericyte and discovered that this unique cell is a source of adult stem cells.  Her laboratory is investigating the use of these cells as an approach to therapeutic intervention in neuro-degenerative disease, hearing disorders, and brain cancer. Dr. Dore-Duffy has been a recipient of numerous grants from the NIH, grants from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Eugene Applebaum Foundation as well as grants from numerous societies, foundations and drug companies. Her laboratory has been highly productive publishing over 100 articles, reviews and chapters. She has been invited to give numerous talks and keynote addresses nationally and internationally. She received the Gershenson Faculty Fellow Research award in 2011. Dr. Dore-Duffy was elected to the American Neurological Association (ANA) and is currently a fellow of that society.  She is a member of the National MS Society Scientific Advisory Board. She has also served as a member of scientific review committees for the NIH, National MS Society, the Department of Defense, and the United Kingdom, Canadian and Italian Research foundations. Dr. Dore-Duffy has served and is currently on the editorial boards of numerous peer reviewed scientific and medical journals.

Education and Traning:
Undergraduate School: B.S. Simmons College, Boston, Massachusets, 1972
Graduate School: PhD. Lousiana State University, New Orleans, LA ,1978
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Research Associate Department of Medicine,
University of Connecticut School of Medicine. 1978 to 1979
Awards & Honors
Post Doctoral Fellowship award - National Multiple Sclerosis Society,             
School of Medicine, Farmington, Connecticut 1979
Outstanding Young Women Scientist of America 1979
Multiple Sclerosis Society Bursar to the 4th International Congress of                   
Immunology in Paris 1980
"Who's Who of American Women" 1982 - 1985
"Who's Who in Science and Technology" 1982
Kroc Foundation Endowment $50,000 to establish a yearly MS     
Symposium on Multiple Sclerosis, University of Connecticut Health Center 1985
Visiting summer scientist, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories,
Salisbury Cove, Maine 1985 - 1986
Who's Who in America1987 
The World's Who's Who of Women 1987
National Institute of Health Study Sections
(various study section appointments) 1988 2018
Award for Dedication to MS Research, Multiple Sclerosis Society 1993
MS Society-Michigan Branch, MS Research Award 1995
Elected Member, American Neurological Association 1995
Charles Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Wayne State University 1996
WSU Excellence in Research Award 2007
Election to the Wayne State University Academy of Scholars 2008
Vice President Academy of Scholars 2012-2013
President + Academy of scholars 2013-14
Appointment to the National Multiple Sclerosis Research Advisory Board  2013 -