Prof. Raymond L. Rosales, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Medicine-University of Santo Tomas (JMUST), has been appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board for the Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism (XDP) at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

XDP is a devastating neurodegenerative disease, indigenous in the Panay Islands of the Philippines. This Advisory Board has been tasked to design, implement and monitor the First Multi-Center Natural History of XDP in the Philippines, which will be the groundwork for future clinical trials to ameliorate the symptoms of XDP.

Rosales, a neurologist from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and participated as a site principal investigator in a number of international, multicentre trials. His research interest spans dystonia and parkinsonism, neuromuscular disorders, pain, botulinum toxin science and therapy. He is an Academic Editor for Neurology and Psychiatry of Medicine Open Access Journal (USA) and editorial board member of various movement disorder journals, a book editor with three titles to his name, and chapter author in ISBN books. He has received various research and international publication awards from UST.

In 2016, he received the Philippine Promising Star Awards for 2016 for the field of Neuroscience and Behavior, and in 2017, was the first Thomasian to be listed in the Asian Scientists 100 list.