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Tasmania continues to lead the way with research into Multiple Sclerosis (MS), with the announcement of two new projects at the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research. Alice Saul will explore the effects of diet on MS and said: “Many people with MS modify their diet, or use an MS-specific diet, but there is a low evidence base that what is eaten has an impact on the disease’s progression and symptoms. I will examine the role that diet has for people living with MS by working with the Auslong Study – an internationally unique group of people who were recruited soon after they had initial symptoms suggesting they would develop MS.” It is hoped Saul’s work will make a significant contribution to those living with MS by enhancing their quality of life. A second research project, led by Dr Yuan Zhou, is working to demystify why the prevalence of MS is much higher in females than males. Three quarters of all people with MS are women.

14 February 2019, Edition 202

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