Medical research scientists are working around Australia and the globe to better understand neurological disorders and their causes, seeking new or better treatments and ultimately, cures. Here are details of current research projects and exciting discoveries in the field of neurological research.
MSWA recommends that you discuss any research results, or new treatments mentioned, with your neurologist; as they know your individual circumstances and can provide personalised advice.
MIST AHSCT trial results published
A treatment used for cancer, autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplant (AHSCT) has been used to treat MS for many years. A study has been ongoing from 2005 to 2016 to compare AHSCT with other MS therapies.
The results of this trial, which were published in January 2019, showed that some patients receiving AHSCT had improvements in disability scores and significantly fewer relapses compared to those on standard MS medications.
Professor Michael Pender and Professor Rajiv Khanna, of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, have completed a small trial using adoptive T-cell immunology to target Epstein-Barr virus-infected B cells. Seven of 10 participants showed clinical improvements including reduction in disability and improvements in fatigue.
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, has found that that herbicide linuron, may be an important environmental risk factor in the development of neurological diseases that include multiple sclerosis.