Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex and heterogeneous condition that affects about 26,500 Australians. It has a strong autoimmune component leading to the body’s own defence system to attack the central nervous system. This can result in impairments in limb functioning, vision and cognition, and lead to fatigue, low mood, pain, disability, reduced quality of life and ultimately, early death. Despite an intensive international research focus on MS, the specific causes of MS are unknown, however MS is likely due to a combination of genetic, immunological and environmental factors. This public lecture will address the current research findings covering different aspects of MS from basic research, clinical interventions and perspective of people living with this condition.
Professor David Tscharke, Head of Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at The John Curtin School of Medical Research
Dr Anne Brüstle, fellow and group leader Immunology and Infectious Diseases at The John Curtin School of Medical Research
Dr Jo Lane, clinical psychologist and research fellow at the Research School of Population Health
Amy Lynn, Multiple Sclerosis Ambassador for the ACT