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Join us at the MS Research Day 2019

September 27, 2019 | Event, Research

Our friends the New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust are delighted to host MS Research Day 2019 in conjunction with MS Auckland.

The event will cover a range of stimulating topics relevant to people with MS, their families, and their support networks. With a line-up of highly qualified speakers, a sell-out crowd is expected.

This year they are streaming the Research Day live, which means that you can watch the event from anywhere with an internet connection. Simply follow the registration details below.


Save the Date:
Multiple Sclerosis Research Day 2019
2 November, 2019
10:00 am to 2:45 pm
Alexandra Park, Epsom, Auckland

Registration opens 9:30 am.
A healthy morning tea and lunch will be provided. Car parking is available onsite.


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Suzi Claflin, a Research Fellow from Menzies Institute of Research at the University of Tasmania, will present the findings of COMPANZ, a recent comparative study between New Zealand and Australia. She will speak on the outcomes and impact of access to disease-modifying treatments (DMTs). Dr. Claflin will also present on research by Menzies Institute of Research that looks at the short- and long-term efficacy of DMT use.


Dr. Ernie Willoughby, Neurologist at Auckland DHB and NZMSRT Trustee, will present the latest on global MS research from the 2019 European Conference on Treatment and Research into Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). Recently held in Stockholm and attended by more than 9,000 MS researchers and clinicians, ECTRIMS focused on the latest advances in the treatment and understanding of MS. Dr. Willoughby will share his learnings from the conference.


In addition, a range of New Zealand-based researchers will present on their current projects:

  • MS and Pregnancy: Fiona d’Young – MS Nurse, Auckland DHB
  • New insights to understand you, your genes, MS and its complications: Dr. Justin O’Sullivan (PhD) – Associate Professor and Associate Director for Research at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
  • MS and the blood brain barrier: Dr. Scott Graham – Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at University of Auckland
  • MS Get a Head Start: Exercise and MS: Gilly Davy – Neurophysiotherapist, Connect Neuro Rehab


Participants are asked to consider a $10 koha to support future events and the work of the Trust.

Live-Stream Option: The MS Research Day will also be live-streamed for the first time. This means that you can attend the event from anywhere in New Zealand – even from your own home. Register here to join via live stream, and select Live Stream in the ticket option. You will be sent the link prior to the event.


Further information:

Download a copy of the COMPANZ Study Research Paper here.