The Canberra MS Symposium

Welcome to the Canberra MS Symposium hosted by JCSMR and NCEPH at ANU.

We, the organizers, are researchers working on MS in Canberra. With growing research in MS at ANU we thought that it would be useful and timely to bring together researchers, people with MS and people with an interest in MS, to work together to better understand this disorder. Together with Ann Lehman from ACT MS we have designed this symposium to make the work being done around MS here in Canberra visible for patients, relatives and the interested public.

The symposium will be divided in two parts:

The morning session focuses on our current understanding of MS, tips and tricks, and new developments likely to be of direct interest to patients and carers.

The afternoon session is more research-oriented and aims to highlight some of the research that is currently underway in MS research both in Canberra and elsewhere in Australia.

We have been very fortunate to secure two non-Canberra based scientists, Professor Prue Hart and Associate Professor Scott Byrne to present their work on MS, along with Canberra-based researchers.

Provisional Program (subject to change)

Biographies of our confirmed speakers

Much of the MS research in Canberra is taking place at The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR). To give participants in the symposium greater insight into how we work at JCSMR, we have organised some tours through the laboratories of scientists involved in MS research. Please sign up for these tours at arrival.

All seminars will be held in seminar rooms 1 and 2 on Level 2 of JCSMR. These are easy accessible via the back elevators using the entrance next to the mobility parking behind JCSMR. Please follow the signs.

To allow for the catering and the amount of parking needed, please sign up for this (free) event via the following link:

We hope you will enjoy the symposium and we can start building a network between researchers, patients, carers and the interested public.

Dr Anne Bruestle  and Professor Robyn Lucas

Date & time

8.30am–5pm 16 May 2017


Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Level 3, The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131 Garran Road, ANU


 Dr Anne Bruestle
 +61 2 6125 9009

Updated:  23 April 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, JCSMR/Page Contact:  Web Manager