Douglas Landsman, PhD, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

TITLE:  Associate Vice President, Biomedical Research

FOCUS AREAS: Multiple sclerosis research

CONTACT:  Douglas.Landsman@nmss.org, 800-344-4867

PROFILE: Douglas Landsman is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s associate vice president of biomedical research, and a grantseeker’s best point of contact for information on research grants. He has held this title since April 2015 and previously served as the group’s senior director for international programs. Before that, he was a director at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for 12 years.

Landsman’s Fueling Impact profile shared:

Doug’s responsibilities include working closely with our international partners to implement the Progressive MS Alliance’s scientific strategies. He joined the Society in 2014 with over 12 years of experience in the patient advocacy organization sector.  Prior to joining the Society Doug was the Director of Special Initiatives at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and previously the Director of Individual Research Grants there.  In this capacity he led the Foundation’s international research programs targeting basic and clinical research in spinal cord injury.  In addition to managing their funding programs, he was responsible for organizing the Foundation’s efforts to connect spinal cord researchers with patient stakeholders. Doug received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Maryland, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on mechanisms of nerve regeneration after injury.

His LinkedIn summary shares the following information:

Well-rounded philanthropy professional with 10+ years experience combining business, science and policy. Demonstrated ability to lead a research program and interact with multi-disciplinary, international teams. Recognized as a critical thinker with analytical, detailed and methodical approach to identifying business needs combined with proven ability to leverage processes and people for optimal outcomes. Strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate complex subject matter in user-friendly language. Exceptional ability to mobilize diverse audiences (committees, cross-functional teams, organizational partners) to action. Natural leader and problem solver, who takes ownership of projects, programs and issues.