Dr. Merit Cudkowicz is the Julianne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cudkowicz completed medical training at the Health Science and Technology program of Harvard Medical School, and she was a resident in Neurology at Mass General.
She obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Cudkowicz’s research and clinical activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of patients with neurodegenerative disorders, in particular amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Dr. Cudkowicz serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. Dr. Cudkowicz directs the Mass General ALS Program and the Neurological Clinical Research Institute (NCRI) (formerly the NCTU).
She is one of the founders and co-directors of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), a group of 109 clinical sites in the United States and Canada dedicated to performing collaborative academic led clinical trials in ALS. In conjunction with the NEALS consortium, she planned and completed seven multi-centre clinical trials in ALS and is currently leading three new trials in ALS. In 2009 Professor Cudkowicz received the American Academy of Neurology Sheila Essay ALS award.