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Jun 2014
Predicting MS in children
Oct 2014
Three new Incubator Grants announced
Dec 2014
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Mar 2015
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2016 Round of Funding
Feb 2014
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Breakthrough study shows great promise

Incubator Grant Hatches

Further Funds  

In 2010, Dr Fabienne Brilot-Turville and Dr Russell Dale, based at The Children's Hospital, Westmead, received a $26,000 incubator grant from the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation to study biomarkers in early paediatric demyelination.

In a short period of time the team of young researchers, with complementary skills in clinical neuroscience and basic science immunology, have made rapid progress in the understanding of paediatric MS.  Their research has already resulted in a remarkable four publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  ‘We are grateful for the support of The Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation’, explained Dr Brilot-Turville.  

Up to 10% of adult MS sufferers have their first episode of demyelination when they are young, and MS is being diagnosed increasingly in children. A protein named MOG (Myelin Oligodendrocyte Glycoprotein) is thought to be important in the autoimmune response observed in MS. Dr Brilot-Turville and colleagues have recruited the largest Australian group of Children with a first episode of demyelination. ‘With our Incubator grant from the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation, we have been able to show that the presence of antibodies against MOG is a sensitive indicator in a subgroup of children with their first episode of demyelination,’ reported Dr Brilot-Turville.  

The researchers have also developed a new test to enable them to identify white blood cells, especially antibody-producing B cells, in the cerebrospinal fluid of patients. This is important, as B cells may be involved in the generation of MOG antibodies in children with first episode of demyelination.   

These exciting developments have enabled Dr Fabienne Brilot-Turville to build on the Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation funding and gain a three year Research Fellowship from the Star Scientific Foundation to continue her research.

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