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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.

Characterizing cognitive impairment in multiple sclerosis: an essential step towards prediction and prevention.

Penning a position piece for the European Journal of Neurology, Dr. Leavitt and team promote new priorities to further the goal of ultimately developing effective treatments for cognition in people living with MS. Eur J Neurol. Feb 23, 2016. Authors: Leavitt VM, Sumowski JF.

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.

Anti-inflammatory Intervention in Depression.

For JAMA Psychiatry, Dr. Leavitt and team write an editorial raising the possibility that aspirin’s antipyretic mechanism may be responsible for its beneficial impact for reducing depression, based on a hypothesis developed for MS. JAMA Psychiatry. May 2015. Authors: Leavitt VM, Sumowski JF.

Joe Duncan

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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.