Pam Jacobs Vogt has been active in
community work for many years. Trained as a teacher, her volunteer work has
included much work in education and also in the fields of art, health,
justice, world affairs, and providing services for handicapped children, to name just a
Pam is chair of the Lawrence D.
Jacobs Foundation and serves on the boards of the Roswell Park Foundation and
the Roswell Park Alliance. She is a member of the Niagara University Board of
Trustees and is director emeritus of both Artpark & Company and the
Hauptman Woodward Research Institute.
She joined ARMS to help advance the understanding of
multiple sclerosis and, in her own way, continue the work of her late husband, Dr.
Larry Jacobs, who was a neurologist specializing in MS and chair of the
University at Buffalo School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology. In the
1970s, Dr. Jacobs pioneering research using interferons led to the development of the first of
the disease modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis. While these drugs now slow down the
disease progression for many of the almost 500,000 people in the US who have
MS, progression continues and at great personal and financial cost.
Inspired by many of Dr. Jacobs patients who, many years later,
remember his care and kindness, Pam joined ARMS to help advance research and to
promote ways to improve the quality of lives of people with MS.