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Dr Luanne Metz is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences of the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and is currently Interim Site Medical Director of Foothills Medical Center. She completed her MD at the University of Calgary in 1983 and her residency in Toronto and Calgary in 1988. She led the Calgary MS Clinic from 1993-2014 and was section Head of Neurology from 2014 to 2019. She now co-leads the Hotchkiss Brain Institute MS research program. Dr Metz led development of the Canadian Network of MS Clinics in 1998 and was the first president. She was one of the Top 40 University of Calgary Alumni for the University of Calgary’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and has received the Faculty of Medicine Watanabe Distinguished Achievement Award for overall excellence and extraordinary contribution to the Faculty of Medicine. In 2015 she received the Alberta Medical Association Medal for Distinguished Service.
With Dr VW Yong she built a bench-to-bedside translational MS research program. She has published over 200 peer reviewed manuscripts and has led the Calgary site in over 50 industry-sponsored clinical trials as well as serving on several international advisory boards and data and safety monitoring boards. She also developed and completed several investigator-initiated clinical trials. She was Principal Investigator of a multicentre Phase III clinical trial of minocycline in CIS and early RRMS which was funded by the MS Society of Canada (2018 NEJM). She now leads a non-inferiority trial of minocycline for CIS and early RRMS. In April 2020 she initiated and now co-leads a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 infection.
The Calgary MS Clinic serves over 5,000 active patients at 2 Calgary clinics. Dr Metz implemented an electronic health record (EHR) in the Calgary MS Clinic in 2009 that supports patient care, clinic management, and outcomes research. This EHR has enhanced a longitudinal cohort of people with MS and suspected MS that now includes over 20 years of prospectively collected data.
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