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Dartmouth gift to establish neurology professorship

Union Leader Correspondent

January 16. 2014 12:49AM

HANOVER — Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine has announced a gift from the family of Dr. Murray B. Bornstein that will establish a neurology professorship in his name.

The clinician, researcher in the field of multiple sclerosis and former adjunct professor at the school is best known for pioneering a tissue-culture technique for diseases of the central nervous system and for leading several exemplary clinical trials for multiple sclerosis treatment, Geisel School of Medicine said in an announcement Wednesday.

"This professorship honors the important translational research that Murray Bornstein conducted in the development of effective treatments for people with multiple sclerosis, and it will allow us to advance such important work, here, at the Geisel School," Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, interim chair of the Department of Neurology, said in the announcement.

Bornstein's work continues to have an impact on patients today. "He was integral in the testing and approval of glatiramer acetate, the most commonly used drug for treating multiple sclerosis in the United States," the announcement said.

"Murray Bornstein was a remarkable researcher and physician whose legacy lives on in the many patients who continue to benefit from his work," Dr. Chip Souba, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, said in the announcement. "This generous gift from the Bornstein family honors his compassionate care and commitment to research, and it also boosts our work to discover new answers to challenging neurological conditions and improve lives."

Selma Bornstein, who was married to Murray Bornstein for nearly 40 years until his death in 1995 said, "It means so much to me to honor Murray in this way."

Joining Selma Bornstein in establishing the professorship are their five children, Joshua, Mimi, David, Judith and Daniel.

The Murray B. Bornstein Professorship will be awarded to a clinician in Geisel's Department of Neurology who conducts research in progressive, disabling neurological diseases, preferably multiple sclerosis.

"Endowing this professorship is a profound experience for me," Selma Bornstein said, "because it establishes an enduring legacy for Murray and makes it easier for future researchers to make important discoveries about a disease to which Murray dedicated his life and work in search of the cause and a cure."

Bornstein graduated from Dartmouth in 1939. He earned a master's degree from McGill University in Montreal and an MD from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

When Murray and Selma Bornstein moved to Norwich, Vt., in 1994, he became an adjunct professor of medicine at Dartmouth's medical school.

Selma Bornstein has supported Geisel's Department of Neurology for 16 years, providing for the purchase of the latest neurology journals and textbooks for the department's library, opportunities for residents and fellows to attend professional conferences, partial support for a research fellowship in multiple sclerosis and other progressive, disabling neurological diseases; and the annual Murray B. Bornstein Lectureship. She has also provided salary support for a full-time nurse in the department's multiple sclerosis clinic.

"I give to carry on Murray's commitment to science, learning, and the compassionate care of patients," she said.

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