1207. MOGcast - The Latest in Treatments from an Adult and Pediatric Perspective

Ask the Expert

Apr 26 2024 • 1 hr 4 mins

This “MOGcast” edition of the “Ask the Expert” podcast series is a collaborative episode titled, “The Latest in Treatments from an Adult and Pediatric Perspective.” Dr. Elias Sotirchos and Dr. Grace Gombolay joined Julia Lefelar of The MOG Project and Dr. GG deFiebre of SRNA and answered questions from the online audience. Dr. Sotirchos and Dr. Gombolay reviewed acute treatments for MOG antibody disease (MOGAD) in adults and children and possible side effects [00:03:57]. Regarding preventative treatments, Dr. Sotirchos and Dr. Gombolay described the importance of shared decision-making with patients to consider factors like administration method, insurance coverage, and patient preferences [00:20:10]. They discussed ongoing clinical trials for MOGAD treatments and the hope for future FDA approval [00:51:38]. Finally, Dr. Gombolay highlighted the difficulties in accessing preventive medications for patients from certain demographic groups and ongoing efforts to improve access [00:56:35].

Elias Sotirchos, MD is a neurologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He specializes in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of neuroimmunological disorders that involve the central nervous system, including multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), and myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein-immunoglobulin G (MOG-IgG)-associated disorder (MOGAD). His research focuses on developing and validating novel imaging and blood-based biomarkers of these conditions, and clinical trials of experimental therapeutic agents.

Grace Gombolay, MD is a Pediatric Neurologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Gombolay attended medical school at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was awarded a yearlong position as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–National Institutes of Health Research Scholar in basic immunology research. After finishing medical school, she completed a pediatric neurology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She then completed an additional year of fellowship training in pediatric neuroimmunology at Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Over the course of her career at Children’s, Dr. Gombolay started the Pediatric Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis Clinic. This multidisciplinary clinic helps manage all aspects of patient care, including medical, psychological and school-related issues. Her goal is to have the clinic become part of multi-center collaborations for clinical care and research. Dr. Gombolay also serves as a part-time consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she reviews cases related to surveillance of acute flaccid myelitis cases in the U.S.