Valerie Block, PT

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1651 4th Street, #612E
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

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    Hillcrest Secondary School, KenyaO-Level 06/1998Baccalaureate
    Marlborough College, United KingdomA-Level06/2000Pre-University
    University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom BSc06/2004Veterinary Pathology – Equine Science
    Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain PT06/2008Physical Therapy
    University of California, San Francisco / San Francisco State University, USADPTSc12/2016Doctorate of Physical Therapy Science – emphasis on multiple sclerosis
    University of California, San Francisco, USAPost-Doctoral researcherMultiple Sclerosis
    University of California, San Francisco02/2020Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training
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    The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (FCMSC) and the International Organization of MS 2013Scholarship for Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Fellowship
    ACTRIMS2014Student scholarship for CMSC Annual meeting. Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC)
    UCSF/SFSU2016Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Achievement
    International Symposium on Gait and Balance in Multiple Sclerosis2016  - 2018Top 5 abstract by a Trainee Award
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (FG-1707-28624) 2020  - 2020Postdoctoral Fellowship selected for support by the "Kenrose Kitchen Table Foundation and J. David P
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (TA-2006-36695)2021  - 2021Career Transition Award selected for support by the Marilyn Hilton MS Research Fund
    Northern chapter of the National MS Society 2022  - 2022Honoree at Bay Area dinner of champions - MS Healthcare Rising Stars and Champions
    Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS)2022  - 2022ACTRIMS Educational Grant
    Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS)2023  - 2023ACTRIMS Educational Grant

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    Moving MS bladder dysfunction into the 21st Century: developing novel and accessible ways to treat, predict and prevent dysfunction in the home
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Career Transition Fellowships TA-2006-36695Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Principle investigator
    Description: The goal of this study is to evaluate and treat bladder dysfunction remotely in people with multiple sclerosis
    Incorporating Continuous Daily Assessment of Remote Step Count Monitoring with Quantitative Spinal Cord and Brain MRI to Improve Characterization of MS-related Disability
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society FG-1707-28624Jul 1, 2018
    Role: Fellow. (Mentors: Drs Bruce Cree and Roland Henry)

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    1. A Closed-Loop Falls Monitoring and Prevention App for Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Practice: Human-Centered Design of the Multiple Sclerosis Falls InsightTrack. JMIR Hum Factors. 2024 Jan 11; 11:e49331. Block VJ, Koshal K, Wijangco J, Miller N, Sara N, Henderson K, Reihm J, Gopal A, Mohan SD, Gelfand JM, Guo CY, Oommen L, Nylander A, Rowson JA, Brown E, Sanders S, Rankin K, Lyles CR, Sim I, Bove R. PMID: 38206662; PMCID: PMC10811573.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2  Translation:Humans
    2. Fall Assessment and Monitoring in People With Multiple Sclerosis: A Practical Evidence-Based Review for Clinicians. Neurol Clin Pract. 2023 Oct; 13(5):e200184. Gopal A, Gelfand JM, Bove R, Block VJ. PMID: 37720138; PMCID: PMC10503932.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1  
    3. Association of daily physical activity with brain volumes and cervical spinal cord areas in multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2023 03; 29(3):363-373. Block VJ, Cheng S, Juwono J, Cuneo R, Kirkish G, Alexander AM, Khan M, Akula A, Caverzasi E, Papinutto N, Stern WA, Pletcher MJ, Marcus GM, Olgin JE, Hauser SL, Gelfand JM, Bove R, Cree BA, Henry RG. PMID: 36573559; PMCID: PMC9972237.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Accessibility to Telerehabilitation Services for People With Multiple Sclerosis: Analysis of Barriers and Limitations. Int J MS Care. 2022 Nov-Dec; 24(6):260-265. Gopal A, Bonanno V, Block VJ, Bove RM. PMID: 36545648; PMCID: PMC9749830.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1  
    5. The Role of Remote Monitoring in Evaluating Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: A Review. Front Neurol. 2022; 13:878313. Block VJ, Bove R, Nourbakhsh B. PMID: 35832181; PMCID: PMC9272225.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4  
    6. Making Every Step Count: Minute-by-Minute Characterization of Step Counts Augments Remote Activity Monitoring in People With Multiple Sclerosis. Front Neurol. 2022; 13:860008. Block VJ, Waliman M, Xie Z, Akula A, Bove R, Pletcher MJ, Marcus GM, Olgin JE, Cree BAC, Gelfand JM, Henry RG. PMID: 35677343; PMCID: PMC9167929.
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    7. Challenges to Longitudinal Characterization of Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2022 Jun; 62:103793. Kaplan TB, Gopal A, Block VJ, Suskind AM, Zhao C, Polgar-Turcsanyi M, Saraceno TJ, Gomez R, Santaniello A, Consortium S, Ayoubi NE, Cree BAC, Hauser SL, Weiner H, Chitnis T, Khoury S, Bove R. PMID: 35461057.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Research interrupted: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on multiple sclerosis research in the field of rehabilitation and quality of life. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2021 Jul-Sep; 7(3):20552173211038030. Maguire R, Hynes S, Seebacher B, Block VJ, Zackowski KM, Jonsdottir J, Finlayson M, Plummer P, Freeman J, Giesser B, von Geldern G, Ploughman M. PMID: 34471543; PMCID: PMC8404642.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3  
    9. Identifying falls remotely in people with multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2022 Apr; 269(4):1889-1898. Block VJ, Pitsch EA, Gopal A, Zhao C, Pletcher MJ, Marcus GM, Olgin JE, Hollenbach J, Bove R, Cree BAC, Gelfand JM. PMID: 34405267; PMCID: PMC8370664.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Effects of COVID-19 "Sheltering in Place" on Activity in People With Multiple Sclerosis. Neurol Clin Pract. 2021 Apr; 11(2):e216-e218. Block VJ, Bove R, Gelfand JM, Cree BAC. PMID: 33842099; PMCID: PMC8032435.
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    11. Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Addressing Sexual Dysfunction in Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Int J MS Care. 2021 Sep-Oct; 23(5):213-222. Gopal A, Sydow R, Block V, Allen DD. PMID: 34720761; PMCID: PMC8550487.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1  
    12. CoachMS, An Innovative Closed-Loop, Interdisciplinary Platform to Monitor and Proactively Treat MS Symptoms: A Pilot Study. Multiple Sclerosis Journal, Experimental, Translational and clinical. 2021; 7(1). Block, VJ, Gopal, A, Rowles, W, Chu-Yueh, G, Gelfand JM, Bove, R.
    13. CoachMS, an innovative closed-loop, interdisciplinary platform to monitor and proactively treat MS symptoms: A pilot study. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2021 Jan-Mar; 7(1):2055217321988937. Block VJ, Gopal A, Rowles W, -Yueh C, Gelfand JM, Bove R. PMID: 33796329; PMCID: PMC7970691.
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    14. Underutilization of physical therapy for symptomatic women with MS during and following pregnancy. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2021 Feb; 48:102703. Block VJ, Mestas O, Anderson A, Singh J, Wylie L, Guo CY, Green AJ, Gelfand JM, Bove R. PMID: 33387862.
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    15. Safety and efficacy of MD1003 (high-dose biotin) in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis (SPI2): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial. Lancet Neurol. 2020 12; 19(12):988-997. Cree BAC, Cutter G, Wolinsky JS, Freedman MS, Comi G, Giovannoni G, Hartung HP, Arnold D, Kuhle J, Block V, Munschauer FE, Sedel F, Lublin FD, SPI2 investigative teams. PMID: 33222767.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 29     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    16. Effects of COVID-19 “Sheltering in Place” on Activity in People with Multiple Sclerosis. Neurol. Clin Pract. 2020. Block VJ, Bove R, Gelfand JM, Cree BAC. , 2020. 10.1212/CPJ.0000000000000982.
    17. A Precision Medicine Tool for Patients With Multiple Sclerosis (the Open MS BioScreen): Human-Centered Design and Development. J Med Internet Res. 2020 07 06; 22(7):e15605. Schleimer E, Pearce J, Barnecut A, Rowles W, Lizee A, Klein A, Block VJ, Santaniello A, Renschen A, Gomez R, Keshavan A, Gelfand JM, Henry RG, Hauser SL, Bove R. PMID: 32628124; PMCID: PMC7381029.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. We should monitor our patients with wearable technology instead of neurological examination – Yes. Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 2020; 26(9):1024-1026. Block VJ, Bove R.
    19. We should monitor our patients with wearable technology instead of neurological examination - Yes. Mult Scler. 2020 08; 26(9):1024-1026. Block VJ, Bove R. PMID: 32755299.
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    20. Validation of a consumer-grade activity monitor for continuous daily activity monitoring in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2019 Oct-Dec; 5(4):2055217319888660. Block VJ, Zhao C, Hollenbach JA, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Pletcher MJ, Henry R, Gelfand JM, Cree BA. PMID: 31803492; PMCID: PMC6876176.
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    21. Changes in standing stability with balance-based torso-weighting with cerebellar ataxia: A pilot study. Physiother Res Int. 2020 Jan; 25(1):e1814. Widener GL, Conley N, Whiteford S, Gee J, Harrell A, Gibson-Horn C, Block V, Allen DD. PMID: 31749254; PMCID: PMC7050535.
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    22. Practical Neurology. Multiple Sclerosis Minute: Telemedicine and Multiple Sclerosis. Telemedicine is acceptable to patients and clinicians in the continuum of clinic-to-in-home care and reduces barriers to care. 2019. Block VJ, Bove R. View Publication.
    23. Association of Continuous Assessment of Step Count by Remote Monitoring With Disability Progression Among Adults With Multiple Sclerosis. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 03 01; 2(3):e190570. Block VJ, Bove R, Zhao C, Garcha P, Graves J, Romeo AR, Green AJ, Allen DD, Hollenbach JA, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Pletcher MJ, Cree BAC, Gelfand JM. PMID: 30874777; PMCID: PMC6484622.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    24. Continuous daily assessment of multiple sclerosis disability using remote step count monitoring. J Neurol. 2017 Feb; 264(2):316-326. Block VJ, Lizée A, Crabtree-Hartman E, Bevan CJ, Graves JS, Bove R, Green AJ, Nourbakhsh B, Tremblay M, Gourraud PA, Ng MY, Pletcher MJ, Olgin JE, Marcus GM, Allen DD, Cree BA, Gelfand JM. PMID: 27896433; PMCID: PMC5292081.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 60     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Remote Physical Activity Monitoring in Neurological Disease: A Systematic Review. PLoS One. 2016; 11(4):e0154335. Block VA, Pitsch E, Tahir P, Cree BA, Allen DD, Gelfand JM. PMID: 27124611; PMCID: PMC4849800.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 85     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Do Physical Therapy Interventions Affect Urinary Incontinence and Quality of Life in People with Multiple Sclerosis?: An Evidence-Based Review. Int J MS Care. 2015 Jul-Aug; 17(4):172-80. Block V, Rivera M, Melnick M, Allen DD. PMID: 26300703; PMCID: PMC4542712.
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