Gift to Geisel Supports Legacy of Renowned Neurologist


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A generous gift to Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine from the family of Murray B. Bornstein ’39 will establish a neurology professorship in his name. Bornstein was a renowned clinician and researcher in the field of multiple sclerosis and a former adjunct professor at the school. He 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. His work continues to benefit patients, as he was integral in the testing and approval of glatiramer acetate, the most commonly used drug for treating multiple sclerosis in the U.S.

Murray B. Bornstein ’39 was a renowned clinician and researcher in the field of multiple sclerosis. (Photo courtesy of the Geisel School of Medicine)

“Murray Bornstein was a remarkable researcher and physician whose legacy lives on in the many patients who continue to benefit from his work,” says Chip Souba, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine. “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.”

“It means so much to me to honor Murray in this way,” says Selma Bornstein, who was married to Murray Bornstein for nearly 40 years until his death in 1995. The couple’s five children—Joshua, Mimi, David, Judith, and Daniel—have joined with their mother to establish the professorship.

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.

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