On Monday 1 May, researchers at INMR participated in Red Lab Coat Day. As part of the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, our researchers wore red lab coats to raise awareness of and celebrate the continuing research into multiple sclerosis (MS) in Australia.
In Australia, 23,000 people are living with the uncertainty of MS, and it is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults. The disease has a huge impact on those who suffer, as well as their carers.
At the INMR the Brain Autoimmunity Group aims to understand the role played by autoantibodies in neurological diseases including Autoimmune encephalitis, Demyelinating syndromes, movement disorders and early-onset psychosis whilst the Clinical Neuroimmunology group has contributed to consensus definitions of CNS demyelination and autoimmune encephalitis, and lead research into the use of rituximab and intravenous immunoglobulin in immune brain conditions in children.
There is currently no cure for MS, and treatment for those in the advanced stages of the disease is in need of improvement. This is makes continuing research into the MS essential.