MSWA is the leading contributor to neurological research in WA, and the leading state contributor to MS Australia (MSA), supporting MS research right across Australia and overseas.
MSWA Strategic Supports & Residential Options General Manager, Sue Shapland, works closely with the Research Committee of MSWA’s Board to recommend where and how MSWA’s research funds are allocated, including a range of projects managed through MSA. Ms Shapland explained MSA’s role is to evaluate applications and allocate the funding to the most deserving multiple sclerosis (MS) projects.
MSWA has a long and proud history of contributing increasing levels of funds to support MS research and over recent years for broader neurological research efforts as well.
"Research into the causes, potential cures and better treatments for many of these conditions provides hope and also translates into therapy options which can lead to better outcomes for so many", said Shapland. "We support a number of quality researchers and their WA projects through our relationships with key local institutions as well as supporting both Australian and overseas MS projects through MSA. This is possible through our own fundraising efforts and the generous support of our supporters and donors here in WA."
In late February MSA announced their $6.9m grants program, which included our allocation, for a range of research projects.
Some Western Australian MS research projects MSWA is currently funding through MSA include:
- Three years of additional funding for Professor Lucinda Black to continue her important work looking at dietary influences and MS.
- Investigating the role of Neutrophil subsets in MS using an Optimized Multicolour Immunofluorescence Panel, led by Dr Stephanie Trend.
- Delivering healthcare provider training for remote exercise delivery in MS, Dr Yvonne Learmonth receives 3 years of funding.
- Biomarkers of depression in individuals with both MS and depression to guide management, incubator led by Dr Litza Kiropoulos.
- 5 years of funding for Associate Professor Kaylene Young for her research on Pathways to protecting and repairing the central nervous system.
- Using a nutrition intervention to improve cognitive symptoms in MS, led by Ms Terry Purton.
A nominated portion of MSWA’s funding to MSA has once more been allocated to support the International Progressive MS Alliance.
For more information about MSWA’s commitment to research, head to our Commitment to Research page.