Assistant Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland – United States
Kathryn Fitzgerald received her doctoral degree in epidemiology and nutrition from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. After completing her degree, she pursued a postdoctoral fellowship with the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins where she is currently an Assistant Professor. She has experience conducting studies of modifiable environmental factors and risk and progression of several neurological diseases including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis (MS). Recently, she was the lead author on a study where results suggested that higher quality diets are associated with less severe disability and less severe depression in a large population of people with MS. She has also led a study finding that randomization to calorie restriction diets resulting in improvements to depressive symptoms in people with MS. Other work has characterized the association between vitamin D status and sodium excretion and rate of brain lesion development on magnetic resonance imaging in a large cohort of patients with MS participating in a clinical trial. She also assists colleagues with study design, the development and of analysis plans and provides statistical support.
Thursday, November 7
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM