Consortium Reports Progress on New Tool for MS Development Tracking

John Guandolo leverages his experience as a former FBI Special Agent and retired U.S. Marine Corps officer to provide threat-focused training for various entities as the founder of On top of his professional pursuits, John Guandolo supports several charities and organizations, including the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

According to a recent press release from the National MS Society, the MS Outcome Assessments Consortium (MSOAC), a global initiative supported by the National MS Society, held its third annual workshop in March. The event highlighted significant progress on the creation of a new tool expected to provide a more sensitive method of detecting the advantages of different treatments that reduce or reverse increasing disability for individuals with MS. The workshop, which took place in Washington, DC, brought together representatives from a number of major organizations, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Institutes of Health, and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The MSOAC has been busy amassing data from a wide range of MS clinical trials that will eventually be analyzed to inform the optimal outcome measures for integration in the new tool. By the end of the four-year project, the consortium will submit the proposed tool to the EMA and FDA for approval as a primary outcome measure in clinical MS trials.


Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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