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Dr. Jo Anne Stratton

Neuro Researcher Motivated by Her Father's Story - Dr. Dave Tackles Life

Keep scrolling to learn more about Dr. Stratton and what she does!

Jo Anne Stratton is an Assistant Professor at McGill's Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery who joined The Montreal Neurological Institute in 2019.


Her fields of study are neuroimmunology and nerve cell regeneration, and her research aims to contribute to knowledge that will explain the immune system’s plasticity and repair mechanisms.

More about Dr. Stratton & What She Does

She first became interested in becoming a scientist during her undergraduate studies after seeing her father’s multiple sclerosis progress to a point where he was living in a wheelchair.

She has always been interested in how the body works since high school, and always took courses that gave her a general understanding of human physiology and biology. This was not enough to satisfy her curious mind, and her strong desire to fight the war against MS, and so she enrolled in specialized neuroscience-related courses and undertook a research-based intensive undergraduate research program at the University of Melbourne. Through this, the spark was lit, and she has been pursuing an academic career ever since.

Understanding how the immune system interacts with brain cells to drive diseases like MS, but also how the immune system drives beneficial outcomes, is what she is excited about. The hope that this knowledge can one day help people suffering from the disease is what drives her every day.

Dr. Stratton and her husband are children book authors. They write and illustrate children's book series about the real-life stories of how a person living with a disability can still reach for the stars and achieve great things, which is inspired by her father with MS. This year they published 3 books, let us know if you are interested in learning more!

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