Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology,
CU School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

BennettDr. Bennett received his Biochemistry and Philosophy Degrees at Case Western Reserve University. He then received his medical and doctoral degrees at Stanford University. Dr. Bennett directs research programs on optic neuritis, demyelinating disorders, and ocular inflammatory diseases. He also maintains active specialty practices in neuro-ophthalmology, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, and neuroimmunology.

As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Bennett is devoted to understanding the effects of autoimmune demyelination on the nervous system and using this knowledge to transform the care of affected individuals. In the clinic, Dr. Bennett directs clinical trials on new therapies for optic neuritis and neuromyelitis optica. In the laboratory, Dr. Bennett is working to identify the targets of the immune response in neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis and is working to understand the mechanisms by which these disorders cause damage to the nervous system. His laboratory uses multiple experimental methods to evaluate the targets and action of antibodies derived from immune cells in the spinal fluid of neuromyelitis optica and multiple sclerosis patients, and employs state-of-the art techniques to establish the role of these antibodies in causing disease. Through his work, he has developed a novel antigen-specific therapy for neuromyelitis optica and is working towards similar goals in multiple sclerosis.