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Dr. Bruce Ransom, the UW’s Magnuson Professor and Chair of Neurology and an adjunct professor of Physiology and Biophysics, was profiled in Bruce Ransom headshotthe December 2018 issue of The Lancet- Neurology. Ransom is internationally recognized for his pioneering research in glial cells. He has also specialized in white matter damage in the brain, which has helped to clarify injury mechanisms in diseases such as multiple sclerosis and microvascular changes associated with aging.  

“‘Bruce is unique in being a superb neurologist and an exemplary scientist. He practically invented the area of glial biology,’ says Stephen Waxman, Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research at Yale University School of Medicine. ‘But there is much more than that — each one of us gets to meet, during their lives, a small number of special people who energize them and inspire them. In my case, and I believe many others, this special person is Bruce Ransom. His love of life, his passion, and his enthusiasm — coupled with a razor-sharp mind and an infectious curiosity about the world we live in — have helped to inspire many of us.'” 

Ransom became Chair of the University of Washington’s new Department of Neurology in 1995. He has now led the department for 23 years and has seen the faculty expand from 17 to more than 70 people, including his son Christopher Ransom, also a clinician-scientist.