The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems
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Personalised and Integrated Management of MS
The 3rd ACT Multiple Sclerosis Symposium was held on the 29th October 2019, at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU.
The program featured researchers and clinicians from overseas, interstate and the researchers from ANU who are working on the “Our Health in Our Hands” MS research. 70 participants attended, including a large number of People with Multiple Sclerosis (PwMS), who enjoyed hearing the presentations but more importantly, being able to meet and talk to clinicians and researchers. This year, students presented posters of the work being undertaken by them. There were 11 posters and 3 device displays and the students were available to discuss their research.
We were very privileged to hear from Associate Professor Ellen Mowry, from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore USA, who spoke on Personalising the approach to multiple sclerosis through “learning health system”. Professor Mowry discussed MS Paths (Partners advancing technology and health solutions) which is seeking to enhance MS Care. Other areas of MS research included Clinical Phenotyping, Bio banking for Genetic research, Retinal Imaging, Patient reported outcomes and wearable measures of disability.
Dr Patrick Aouad gave a presentation on Understanding, diagnosing and managing MS in 2019 and beyond. This was followed by a panel discussion, which included two PwMS, who talked about their journeys with MS, Professor Mowry, Professor Robyn Lucas (ANU), Dr Aouad, Dr Julia Morahan from MS Research Australia, Jeff Lawrence MSL and moderated by Professor Christian Lueck.
Dr Vanessa Fanning is the Australian non-clinical representative on the Alliance, she reported on work being undertaken by the International Progressive MS Research Alliance.
Researchers from the OHIOH team reported on the promising progress of the work undertaken to date.
It was encouraging to see people with MS actively involved in the Symposium. ANU is to be commended for hosting these Symposia which are gaining in strength and respect each year.
Katrina Chisholm (PwMS)
New sensors open door to wearable medical diagnostic device
Scientists from ANU have designed tiny optical sensors that open the door to developing a wearable device that allows doctors to medically diagnose people's health in real time.