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Understanding who is susceptible to MS and how to prevent it

When
16 Sep 2020, 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
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Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurodegenerative disease that affects young  adults. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune cells target the brain and spinal cord but the underlying cause remains uncertain and the condition has variable clinical sequelae.

This fascinating lecture will cover how we have approached and what we have achieved with respect to understanding who is susceptible to MS and how to prevent it. It will also explore our capacity to detect and impede neurodegeneration and to repair the nervous system damaged by MS.

About the lecturer Professor Trevor Kilpatrick graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne in 1982 and specialised in neurology. He undertook graduate studies at The University of Melbourne and gained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1993. Appointments at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (La Jolla, USA), Institute of Neurology (London, UK) followed.

He returned to Melbourne as the Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellow at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research (WEHI) and as the Head of the Melbourne Multiple Sclerosis Research Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before taking up his current appointments. Prof. KILPATRICK has published widely including publications in Nature, Nature genetics and Nature Medicine.

His research interests include the neurobiology of multiple sclerosis, neural precursor cell biology and the study of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to MS as well as the translation of basic research discoveries to the clinic.

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