Dr Belinda Kaskow announced as 
MS Australia grant recipient

MS Australia recently announced its new round of incubator grants for ‘out-of-the-box’ Australian research projects that will explore innovative ways to prevent and treat multiple sclerosis (MS), including new research that will further explore the prevalence and incidence of MS in different parts of Australia. 

This latest round of funding for the new MS research projects will see $180,000, distributed across four research projects and a postgraduate scholarship for an outstanding young researcher in the field of MS. 

MS Australia’s Head of Research Dr Julia Morahan says the grants are both an investment into the research and in the researchers. 

“They allow new and important questions to be asked that will lead us closer to the answers we need to ensure multiple sclerosis is where it needs to be – behind us. 

“In this our 50th Year, our mission is to supercharge MS research and advocate with vigour, to achieve our ultimate goal, a world without MS,” Dr Morahan said. 

Dr Kaskow who is the inaugural Eyewall Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship recipient currently works at Murdoch’s Centre for Molecular Medicine and Innovative Therapeutics and the Perron Institute, investigating specific components of the immune system that may be involved in early signs of MS. 

She said this will help identify how early this immune imbalance occurs and give critical insight into how the disease begins. 

“Understanding immune system dysfunction at the earliest clinical time point to study MS allows us to better understand the disease course so that we can develop therapies to halt disease progression,” Dr Kaskow said. 

MS is the most common acquired chronic neurological disease affecting young adults, often diagnosed between the ages of 20 to 40 and, in Australia, affects three times more women than men.

As yet, there is no cure. There is no known single cause of MS, but many genetic and environmental factors have been shown to contribute to its development.   

Incubator grants support novel ideas, and the subsequent generation of preliminary data that may enable researchers to apply for larger grants in the future. 

For more information about the researchers funded visit the MS Australia website.

Photo source and credit: Perron Institute

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