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February 2020, Edition 1

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Fighting Fatigue: new research on an invisible symptom of multiple sclerosis

When David was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 16 years ago, he read everything he could about the neurological condition and how it would affect his life. A recurring theme was the impact of physical and mental fatigue reported by people living with MS.

“I remember thinking – fatigue? Really? It can’t be that bad,” says David.

“I was wrong. Persistent mental and physical fatigue has robbed me of the ability to do many of the things I used to enjoy, including work. Simple activities such as reading a book can be difficult, as I forget what I’ve just read and need to re-read it.”

Many people with MS report fatigue as their worst symptom.

“I have friends with MS who are in wheel chairs or bed-bound, yet they too say fatigue is one of their worst symptoms,” says David “If you don’t have MS, don’t just dismiss it as someone being tired. It’s a lot more than that.”

David has tried a variety of medications to help combat fatigue, however they have not helped.

Research Fellow Dr Jo Lane and her team at the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University, have responded to the call by people living with MS-related fatigue and are trying to find a solution. Read more»

** This MS research forms part of the University’s ‘Our Health in Our Hands’ Grand Challenges Scheme. This initiative aims to transform healthcare by developing new personalised health technologies and solutions in collaboration with people living with MS, clinicians and health care providers.

Dr Jo Lane




Health Experience Team

We welcome our newest member, Dr Nicola Brew-Sam who joins us from Germany as part of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) research program. The focus of Dr Brew-Sam’s research is on children and adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes. Diagnosis and management of Type 1 Diabetes during childhood and adolescence brings many challenges to both young people and those around them. Read more»



International Conference on Energy and Healthcare Materials 2020 2-5 February

Dr Krish Murugappan presented an invited talk, on behalf of Prof A Tricoli, discussing health care medical sensors.



2020 APRICOT 12-21 February.

A\Prof Suominen will give an invited keynote, entitled "Safeguarding Information Associated with Machine Intelligence", in the Closing Plenary and Ceremony of the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies (APRICOT) 2020 Conference.

ACTRIMS Forum 2020 27-29 February.

Prof Robyn Lucas, Dr Anne Bruestle and Dr Jo Lane will all be attending the ACTRIMS Forum held in West Palm Beach.



Grant Success - Dr Jo Lane

MS Research Australia

Excellence in Population Health Research Award


Dr Nicola Brew-Sam joins the Health Experience Team from Germany. Nicola aims to identify how sensor devices for managing diabetes can meet the values and needs of young patients with Type 1 Diabetes and their supervising health professionals and carers.


December 2019:

Mr Himadri Shekar Mondal (PhD Student supervised by Prof David Nisbet). Himadri will be working on the optical detection of Glycated Albumin, a biomarker for Diabetes

January 2020:

Ms Monalisha Ghosh Dastidar (PhD Student supervised by Prof Antonio Tricoli). Monalisha will be working on both electrochemical and optical detection of various amino acids.

Ms Sandaru Seneviratne joined the OHIOH Big Data program as a PhD student in Computer Science. Her focus is on consumer friendly health information through machine learning and natural language processing.


Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) : 14-17 January


Dr Md Zakir Hossain (Research Fellow, CECS, ANU) participated in the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS), Singapore.

The 4-day summit consisted of lectures, plenary sessions, small group sessions, panel discussions, a local university visit, along with social and cultural activities.

The visit was supported by GYSS, The Australian National University (ANU), and Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH) project.

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