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William Ian McDonald

William Ian McDonald

Professore emerito di Neurologia clinica nell'University College di Londra
(deceduto il 13 dicembre 2006)
- s.s. 20 maggio 2003

La Presidenza e la Cancelleria dell'Istituto, nell'esprimere il proprio cordoglio alla famiglia e agli amici dell'illustre collega scomparso, ricordano la recente visita da lui fatta all'Istituto, partecipando all'adunanza del 25 novembre scorso. Al suo ritorno a Londra, il prof. McDonald ha scritto all'Istituto ringraziando dell'ospitalitÓ
...."And I want to say again what a very special privilege and honour I feel it to be that I should be a member of the Veneto Institute. Although I don't follow the papers, the lunchtime conversation has been quite wonderful on every occasion. Intellectual stimulation of the highest order and in the nicest circumstances. These meetings at the Institute are the highlights of my year now! I shall be forever in your debt".

Date of birth 15th March 1933
Place of birth Wellington, New Zealand
Qualifications University of Otago, New Zealand: B.Med.Sc. (1955),
M.B., Ch.B. (1957), Ph.D (1962) Hon. DSc (2000)
F.R.A.C.P. (1968 member 1963)
F.R.C.P. (1972 member 1964)
F.R.C.Ophth (1989; Hon 1999)
F.Med.Sci. (1999)

Present appointments
Harveian Librarian, Royal College of Physicians of London (1997- )
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, Yale University, USA (1998-)
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Neurology, Institute of Neurology, University College London (1998-)
Consultant Physician Emeritus, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Queen Square (2000-)

Academic Distinctions, Presidencies, Awards and Prizes
Foreign Member, Venetian Institute of Science, Arts and Letters (2003)
Honorary Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (2002)
Honorary DSc (University of Otago 2000)
Honorary Fellow, University College London (2000)
Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2000)
Foreign Associate Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (1999)
Fellow, University College London Hospitals Trust (1999)
Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Ophthalmologists (1999)
Research Professor, Department of Neurology University of Düsseldorf, (1990-1998)

Presidencies: World Congress of Neurology (2001)
Royal Society of Medicine, Section of Clinical Neurosciences (1997)
Association of British Neurologists (1995-1997)
European Neurological Society (1994-1995)

Awards and Prizes
For Multiple Sclerosis Research: ECTRIMS Award, European Committee for Research in Multiple Sclerosis (2001; First Award)
John Jay Dystel Prize, American Academy of Neurology and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the U.S.A., 1999
Josef Wolf Senior Prize, Max-Planck-Institute for Psychiatry, Munich, 1995 (First Award)
Charcot Award, International Federation of Multiple
Sclerosis Societies, 1991
Medal of the Association of British Neurologists, 1998
Jean Hunter Prize, Royal College of Physicians, 1993
Matthew T. Moore Distinguished Lecture Award, American Neuropathological Society, 1993
Doyne Medal, Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, 1983
Bennett Memorial Lecture Award, American Neurological Association, 1989
Batchelor Memorial Medal and Prize (University of New Zealand), 1957
Marjorie MacCallum Medal (University of New Zealand), 1957

Honorary Memberships
American Neurological Association, 1996
Australian Association of Neurologists, 1996
British Neuropathological Society, 1998
Canadian Neurological Association, 1996
Czech Neurological Society, 1997
Deutsch Gesellschaft für Neurologie, 1996
Royal Society of Musicians, 1996
Russian Society of Neurology, 1998
Swiss Neurological Society, 1996

Named Visiting Professorships
Norman Paul, Sydney Hospital, 1975
Milton Shy, University of Pennsylvania, 1977
J.L. Silversides, University of Toronto, 1981
Swank, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1984
Mr & Mrs Wu Chung, University of Hong Kong, 1985
Ellery Sedgwick, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio, 1993

Named Lectureships
Zimmerman, Stanford University, 1981
Wilhelm-und Mogens-Ellermann, University of Berne, Switzerland, 1983 and 1986
Royal College of Physicians of Canada, Canadian Congress of Neurological Sciences, 1983
Doyne, Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, 1983
Gowers Memorial, National Hospital, 1984
Bradshaw, Royal College of Physicians, 1986
Charnwood, American Academy of Optometry, British Chapter, 1986
Irwin Levy, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, USA, 1988
E G Robertson, Australian Association of Neurologists, 1988
G E Rennie, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1988
Erasmus Wilson Demonstrator, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1991
A J S McFadzean, University of Hong Kong, 1991
P C Barucha Memorial, Bombay, 1992
T S Srinivasan Memorial, Madras, 1992
Oppenheimer Memorial, Oxford, 1992
Ray A. and Robert L. Kroc, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1992
Paddison, New Orleans, 1993
Dr William Mackenzie Memorial, Glasgow, 1994
Dr Janez Faganel Memorial, Ljubljana, 1995
George Whitfield, West Midland Physicians Association, 1995
Bernard J. Alpers, Philadelphia, 1996
Swithin Meadows, 1997
Gordon Holmes Society, 1997
Irving S. Cooper, Mayo Clinic, 1998
Gordon Holmes, Guarantours of Brain and Association of British Neurologists, 2000
Sommer Memorial Portland, Oregon USA 2000

Role in Multiple Sclerosis Research
Co-founder (with E.P.G.H. du Boulay) and Director, NMR Research Unit, Institute of Neurology, University of London (1884-1995)

Sylvia Lawry Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research, Munich, foundation board member (2001-2002)
Sylvia Lawry Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research, Munich, Chairman of Scientific Oversight (Planning) Committee (1998-2001)
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, board member (1996-2002)

Research Advisory Committees:
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation International Medical Advisory Board, Chairman (1996-2001)
Senior Research Programmes Advisory Committee, National Multiple Sclerosis, USA (1991-1996)
Member of Advisory Panel for the Multiple Sclerosis Societies of Germany and Italy

National: Research Advisory Committee
UK Multiple Sclerosis Society (1986-1996)


Fight for Sight (1985-1994)
Development Foundation, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (1996-2000)
National Society for Epilepsy (1998-2001)
Advisor to the Trustees of the University College London Hospitals Charity (2001-)

Other Appointments
Professor of Clinical Neurology, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London (1974; Head of Department of Neurology, (1995-1998)
Editor of Brain (1991-1997)
Medical Research Council: Chairman Working Party on AIDS and the Nervous System (1988-1993)
Neurosciences Board (1976-1980)
Chairman, Working Party on Retinitis Pigmentosa (c.1976)

WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Neurosciences (1991-)
UK Representative, Specialist Advisory on Neurology, European Union Medical Specialities and Board of Neurology (1997)
UK Representative, research committee for EU BIOMED-1

Other Scientific Advisory Boards/Research Committees:
Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology, [Martinsried] (1993-1998)
Fondazione Centro S. Raffaele del Monte Tabor, Milan (1998-2001)

Sir Jules Thorne Trust (1998-2001)
Brain Research Trust (1986-1992; 1995-1998)
Action Rsearch (1982-1986; Chairman 1983-1986)

Councils/Executive Committees of Medical Charities and Learned Societies:
Action Research for the Crippled Child (1983-1992)
Royal College of Physicians of London (1989-1992)
Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1987-1990)
Association of British Neurologists (1985-1988; 1993-1997)
Guarantors of Brain (1970-1998; Honorary Secretary and Treasurer (1970-1976)

Academic Boards:
Advisory Board in Medicine, University of London (1984-1990)
Institute of Neurology, University of London, (1967-1998)

Clinical Appointments:
Consultant Physician, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square (1966-1998; Honorary from 1974)
Consultant Physician (Neurologist) Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London (1969-1996)

Other University Appointments
Research Fellow in Neurology, Harvard University (1965-1966)
Lecturer in Medicine, University of Otago (1962)

Professional Associations
Physiological Society (1971-2002)
British Society for Clinical Neurophysiology (1974-)
American Academy of Neurology (1986-1998)
Association of Physicians (1986-)
Neurological Association of New Zealand

211 in peer reviewed journals; 103 reviews and book chapters; 17 books co-authored or edited

A.BOOKS (edited and/or co-authored)

1. Davison, A.N., Humphrey, J.H., Liversedge, S.L., McDonald, W.I., Porterfield, J.S. Multiple Sclerosis Research. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1975
2. Poser, C.M., Paty, D.W., McDonald, W.I., Scheinberg, L., Ebers, G.C. The Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. New York: Thieme?Stratton Inc. 1984
3. McDonald, W.I., Silberberg, D.H. Multiple Sclerosis. London: Butterworths 1986
4. Asbury, A.K., McKhann, G.M., McDonald, W.I. Diseases of the Nervous System. Two volumes. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; London: Heinemann 1986
5. Sibley, W.A., Bauer, H.J., Johnson, K.P., Kelly, R.E., McDonald, W.I., McIlroy, W.J., Paty, D.W., Sabouraud, O., Scheinberg, L.C., van den Noort, S. Therapeutic Claims in Multiple Sclerosis. 2nd Edition New York: Demos Publications 1988
6. Kesselring, J., Ormerod, I.E.C., Miller, D.H., du Boulay, E.P.G.H., McDonald, W.I. Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis. An Atlas of Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis. Stuttgart, New York: Georg Thieme Verlag 1989
7. Sibley, W.A., Hallpike, J.F., Kesselring, J., Lyon-Caen, O., McDonald, W.I., McIlroy, W.J., Paty, D.W., Poser, S., Scheinberg, L.C. Therapeutic Claims in Multiple Sclerosis. 3rd Edition New York: Demos Publications 1992
8. Asbury, A.K. McKhann, G.M., McDonald, W.I. Diseases of the Nervous System. Clinical Neurobiology, 2nd edition. Two volumes. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company 1992
9. Miller, D.H., Kesselring, J., McDonald, W.I., Paty, D.W., Thompson, A.J. Magnetic Resonance in Multiple Sclerosis Cambridge University Press 1997 also Magnetresonanz bei Multipler Sklerose Stuttgart, Berlin, Köln: Kohlhammer 1998
10. Sibley, W.A. Therapeutic Claims in Multiple Sclerosis. 4th Edition New York: Demos Publications 1996
11. Thompson, A.J., McDonald, W.I. Key advances in the effective management of multiple sclerosis RSM Press 1998
12. Compston, A., Ebers, G., Lassman, H., McDonald, I., Matthews, B., Wekerle, H. McAlpine’s Multiple Sclerosis. 3rd edition London: Churchill Livingstone 1998
13. Gillam, S.J. and McDonald, W.I. Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, vol. 10, continued to 1997 London: Royal College of Physicians 2000
14. Polman, C.H., Thompson, A.J., Murray, T.J., McDonald, W.I. Multiple Sclerosis. The guide to treatment and management (5th edition of Therapeutic Claims in Multiple Sclerosis). New York: Demos Publications 2001
15. Davenport, G., McDonald, W.I. and Moss-Gibbons, C. The Royal College of Physicians and its Collections. An illustrated history. London: James and James (Publishers) Ltd 2001
16. Asbury, A.K., McKhann, G., McDonald, W.I., Goadsby, P.J. and McArthur, J.C. Diseases of the nervous system: clinical neuroscience and therapeutic principles, 3rd edition. 2 volumes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002
17. McDonald, I., Noseworthy, J. Multiple sclerosis II. Philadelphia: Butterworth-Heinemann (Elsevier Science) 2002.


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