Symposium Speaker: Farren Briggs, PhD, ScM

Farren Briggs is Assistant Professor in the Department Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  Farren received his PhD in Epidemiology with an area of specialization in genetic epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley.  Farren's academic training focused on characterizing the influence of genetic and non-genetic (primarily modifiable) factors on susceptibility and disease manifestation of multiple sclerosis (MS), and his current research interests span understanding the etiology and pathology of MS from the micro- to the macro-level.  Farren recently won the Best Platform in MS Research at the 2018 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting for his work on obesity and its impact on MS clinical expression.  As PI of the Neuroimmunological Disorders Gene-Environment (NDGE) Epidemiology Lab, Farren also conducts research in other neurological and autoimmune diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, neuromyelitis optica, and transverse myelitis.  Beyond research, Farren is interested and active in community engagement; promoting diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM); and advocacy.  He is a frequent contributor to the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis newsletter, scientific speaker to promote STEM training among underrepresented groups, and a guest on podcasts such as RealTalk MS.

Recent Publications

  1. Sajatovic, M, Rej, S, Almeida, OP, Altinbas, K, Balanzá-Martínez, V, Barbosa, IG, Beunders, AJM, Blumberg, HP, Briggs, FBS, Dols, A et al.. Bipolar symptoms, somatic burden and functioning in older-age bipolar disorder: A replication study from the global aging & geriatric experiments in bipolar disorder database (GAGE-BD) project. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2024; 39 (3): e6057. PubMed PMID:38511929 .
  2. Chen, P, Sajatovic, M, Briggs, FBS, Mulsant, B, Dols, AA, Gildengers, A, Yala, J, Beunders, AJM, Blumberg, HP, Rej, S et al.. Sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of people with oldest older age bipolar disorder in a global sample: Results from the global aging and geriatric experiments in bipolar disorder project. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry 2024; 39 (2): e6073. PubMed PMID:38393311 .
  3. Briggs, FB, Shaia, J. Prevalence of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder in the United States. Mult Scler 2024; : 13524585231224683. PubMed PMID:38279789 .
  4. Briggs, FBS, Trapl, ES, Mateen, FJ, Nadai, A, Conway, DS, Gunzler, DD. Common Social and Health Disparities Contribute to Racial Differences in Ambulatory Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis. Int J MS Care 2024; 26 (1): 36-40. PubMed PMID:38213671 PubMed Central PMC10779710.
  5. Blanken, MAJT, Oudega, ML, Almeida, OP, Schouws, SNTM, Orhan, M, Beunders, AJM, Klumpers, UMH, Sonnenberg, C, Blumberg, HP, Eyler, LT et al.. Sex Differences Among Older Adults With Bipolar Disorder: Results From the Global Aging & Geriatric Experiments in Bipolar Disorder (GAGE-BD) Project. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2024; 32 (3): 326-338. PubMed PMID:37981507 .
  6. Mallu, A, Chan, CK, Eyler, LT, Dols, A, Rej, S, Blumberg, HP, Sarna, K, Forester, BP, Patrick, RE, Forlenza, OV et al.. Demographic and clinical associations to employment status in older-age bipolar disorder: Analysis from the GAGE-BD database project. Bipolar Disord 2023; 25 (8): 637-647. PubMed PMID:37798096 PubMed Central PMC10843228.
  7. Misicka, E, Gunzler, D, Albert, J, Briggs, FBS. Characterizing causal relationships of visceral fat and body shape on multiple sclerosis risk. Mult Scler Relat Disord 2023; 79 : 104964. PubMed PMID:37659350 PubMed Central PMC10873055.
  8. Sajatovic, M, Levin, JB, Modi, A, McVoy, M, Forthun, LF, Cooley, R, Black, J, Conroy, C, Sarna, K, Briggs, FB et al.. Association Between Symptom Severity and Medication Adherence in Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder Demonstrating Suboptimal Adherence. Psychopharmacol Bull 2023; 53 (3): 8-21. PubMed PMID:37601085 PubMed Central PMC10434309.
  9. Gunzler, DD, De Nadai, AS, Miller, DM, Ontaneda, D, Briggs, FB. Long-term trajectories of ambulatory impairment in multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler 2023; 29 (10): 1282-1295. PubMed PMID:37503861 PubMed Central PMC10528275.
  10. Hirano, M, Galarza-Muñoz, G, Nagasawa, C, Schott, G, Wang, L, Antonia, AL, Jain, V, Yu, X, Widen, SG, Briggs, FBS et al.. The RNA helicase DDX39B activates FOXP3 RNA splicing to control T regulatory cell fate. Elife 2023; 12 : . PubMed PMID:37261960 PubMed Central PMC10234631.
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