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Social network structure is a novel protective factor related to cognitive reserve in MS. Abstract presented at annual meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS), Berlin, 2018.

Prior to founding eSupport, Dr. Leavitt did extensive research into the benefits of strong social support structures for protecting cognitive and brain health, which she presented at the 2018 ECTRIMS conference in Berlin. Abstract presented at annual meeting of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS (ECTRIMS), Berlin, 2018. Authors: Levin, S, Dhand A, Riley CS, De Jager PL, Leavitt VM.

Cognitive phenotypes in multiple sclerosis.

For the Journal of Neurology, Dr. Leavitt and team investigated a novel taxonomy for describing specific cognitive changes in people living with MS, to advance our understanding beyond the traditional “impaired” or “not impaired” descriptors. J Neurol. 2018 March Authors: Leavitt VM, Tosto G, Riley CS.

Aspirin is an effective pretreatment for exercise in multiple sclerosis: A double-blind randomized controlled pilot trial.

Dr. Leavitt’s pilot trial employing aspirin as a simple, inexpensive cooling method to improve exercise performance for people living with MS was reported in Multiple Sclerosis Journal, written up on the Multiple Sclerosis Hub on MD Edge, and presented at the 2017 ECTRIMS conference in Paris. Mult Scler. Oct 1, 2017 Authors: Leavitt VM, Blanchard AR, Guo CY, Gelernt E, Sumowski JF, Stein J.

Elevated body temperature is linked to fatigue in an Italian sample of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients.

Dr. Leavitt and team publish in the Journal of Neurology the first-ever findings showing elevated body temperature and its link to fatigue in people living with MS, a very prominent but poorly understood symptom. J Neurol. Jul 30, 2015. Authors: Leavitt VM, De Meo E, Riccitelli G, Rocca MA, Comi G, Filippi M, Sumowski JF.

Joe Duncan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Joe is the cofounder of eSupport Health and has served as its CEO since the company was formed in November 2019. He is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of experience in founding, building, and leading effective organizations, and whose counsel is sought out across a variety of businesses.

Since 2012, Joe has served as an advisor to the CEO of protocols.io, the leading digital repository for academic research. He led protocols.io’s initial seed round and continues to be actively involved as a trusted advisor to the company.

From 2015 to 2017, Joe served as General Manager at Lionbridge Technologies, where he established the Legal Division, following Lionsbridge’s acquisition of Joe’s company, Geotext Translations, Inc.

In 1997, Joe founded and served as CEO of Geotext, a multimillion-dollar business providing premium language services to global 100 law firms and major corporations. Geotext became the go-to translation company for many of the world’s most critical cross-border legal matters. At its peak, Geotext had over 120 full-time employees and 3,500+ contractors around the world. In 2015, Geotext was acquired by Lionbridge.

Joe holds a B.A. in English Literature, with a Minor in Political Science, from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A. from Columbia University. Joe enjoys reading, running, and hiking in the Adirondacks with his family. Recently Joe learned to surf which involves more wiping out than catching waves, but he enjoys the challenge.