Dr. Kouichi Ito is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He earned his PhD in 1991 from The Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to assuming his position at Rutgers- RWJMS, he served as a Laboratory Head at Hoffmann-La Roche (Nutley, NJ). He also served as the Acting Chief of the Neurological Disease Section in the Neuroimmunology Branch at NIH/NINDS. His group focuses on understanding the pathological mechanisms of Multiple Sclerosis. His research has been funded by multiple grants from the NIH, Department of Defense, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and pharmaceutical companies.