Laura J. Balcer MD, MSCE
NYU Langone Medical Center
Dr. Balcer is a neurologist and epidemiologist at the NYU School of Medicine. She received her medical degree in 1991 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Following residency in neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Balcer’s postgraduate training included a clinical fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) at Penn in 2000. During the past two decades, Dr. Balcer’s team has led collaborative research projects that have also been focused on research mentoring and trainee development. The research has centered on the development of effective clinical visual function tests for clinical trials in multiple sclerosis (MS) and their relation to structural markers of axonal and neuronal loss in the anterior visual pathway using optical coherence tomography (OCT). In 2015, Dr. Balcer’s collaborative team received the Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. She is co-PI and site PI for several NIH network (U24/ U01) grants and proposals.