Dr Maria Pia Sormani is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Genoa, Italy. She received her Master in Biostatistics at the University of Milan, her Master in Biophysics at the University of Pisa and her degrees in Physics at the University of Genoa, in Italy. She collaborated for more than ten years with the Neuroimaging Research Unit at the S.Raffaele Hospital in Milan, studying the methodological issues related to the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis. She worked for about twelve years at the National Institute for Cancer Research in Genoa in cancer clinical studies. She serves on the National MS Society Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. She is on the faculty at the University of Genoa, where she teaches Biostatistics and Research Methods to students in medicine. She is Visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London. She is in the editorial Board of Multiple Sclerosis Journal. She published more than 300 papers on peer reviewed journals.