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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

An international team of researchers is trialing specially designed shoe insoles aimed at improving the mobility of people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The study, led by UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences physiotherapy lecturer Dr Anna Hatton, is seeking 176 people affected by MS to take part in a three month trial of the insoles.

UQ physiotherapy aims to improve mobility of multiple sclerosis sufferers

Study physiotherapy at the UQ SHRS!

“Many people with MS experience problems with walking which can make day-to-day activities difficult and often leads to falls, so improving walking ability is of primary importance in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life,” Dr Hatton said.

“Evidence suggests that wearing textured shoe insoles, which are designed to stimulate receptors on the soles of the feet, may be one possible option to help improve gait.

“We now need people with MS to help us investigate whether the novel insoles influence the way the leg and trunk muscles work while walking on both even and uneven surfaces.”

The study will also look for changes in the perception of foot sensation and the awareness of foot position.

“Foot sensation plays an important role in keeping the body upright and balanced when walking, yet we know from previous studies that people with MS often have poor sensation on the soles of their feet,” Dr Hatton said.

“Therefore, wearing a specially designed shoe insole, which enhances sensory information at the feet, could help people affected by MS to walk better. “

Dr Hatton’s international research team includes UQ’s Professor Sandra Brauer and Ms Katrina Williams, Professor Graham Kerr of the Queensland University of Technology, Professor Keith Rome of the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and Dr John Dixon of Teesside University, UK.

The trial is supported through funding from Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia.

“It is hoped that the study leads to the development of a new treatment technique, specifically an inexpensive, easy-to-administer shoe insole, which could assist mobility and independent living,” Dr Hatton said.

About the University of Queensland Physiotherapy program

The University of Queensland offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester. It focuses on developing core knowledge and skills in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory and physical therapy across the lifespan, and integrates this knowledge and skill and application of clinical reasoning in supervised clinical practice.

Did you know there are 40 spots available in the program; 30 places for domestic Australians and 10 places for international students? For the 2016 intake, 10 international student offers were awarded to OzTREKK students!

Program: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: UQ has a general application deadline of May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply now to the UQ Physiotherapy School!


Would you like more information about studying at UQ Physiotherapy School? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy School Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

University of Melbourne researchers receive funding for MS research

Veteran and mid-career University of Melbourne researchers are receiving vital funding for research into multiple sclerosis, thanks to MS Research Australia.

University of Melbourne science

Study at the University of Melbourne

Three researchers working at the university and the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health have received a total of $442,000 to further our understanding of this crippling disease affecting nearly 24,000 Australians.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system in which the myelin (fatty insulating sheathes protecting nerve fibres) becomes damaged and scarred. This impairs how well nerves conduct impulses, affecting a person’s motor, sensory and even cognitive functions.

The causes of MS are unknown, but genetic and environmental factors are suspected of having some role. Three quarters of those living with MS are female.

Professor Trevor Kilpatrick leads the MS division at the Florey and is a neurologist and head of the MS Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. As well, he is the director of the Centre for Neuroscience and the Melbourne Neuroscience Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Prof Kilpatrick has been awarded $92,000 to continue his world-recognized research into the functional implications of genetic variation in a specific gene called MERTK and it’s role in MS susceptibility.

Dr Simon Murray from the university’s Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience received $180,000 and, working in the laboratory of Dr Holly Cate, will be deepening his understanding of the growth factor BDNF, investigating its potential to promote myelin regrowth in MS.

Dr Stan Mitew also from the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience and colleague Dr Ben Emery received $150,000 to investigate whether mechanisms for myelination that occur during development can be reactivated to enhance myelin repair in MS.

MS Research Australia plays a vital role in increasing the capacity for MS research in Australia by supporting the career development of promising young MS researchers including encouraging young clinicians to expand their focus into research.

University of Melbourne Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience

The Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience’s research in neuroscience, cell and developmental biology, and anatomical sciences aims to understand fundamental biological mechanisms in order to develop new treatments for injury and disease states. University of Melbourne researchers are located in the Medical Building and the Melbourne Brain Centre, and include research teams from the Centre for Neuroscience Research, Stem Cells Australia and the Melbourne Brain Imaging Centre.

The department has a rich history in teaching anatomy, beginning in 1862 with the appointment of the first Professor John Britton Halford as Professor of General Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. Teaching in topographic anatomy continues to be a major area of activity in the department, enhanced by well-equipped dissection facilities and valuable educational resources of the nearby Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. The university’s teaching program includes students from the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, with subjects including topographic anatomy, integrated neuroscience, cell and developmental biology and an exciting new subject on stem cells.

Master of Science (MSc) at the University of Melbourne

The Master of Science (MSc) is run through the Melbourne Graduate School. Students in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience can undertake a MSc in Neuroscience (from 2013) or in Biomedical and Health Sciences. In each case, it comprises a research project of 125 points and 75 points of coursework.


Find out more about studying Master of Science and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about science degrees in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

UQ glows red for MS Awareness Month

The University of Queensland is joining the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) by bathing the Forgan Smith Building in red for the “Kiss Goodbye to MS” campaign in May.

The middle section of the northern side of the building will be floodlit from 6 to 11 p.m. every night for the duration of MS Awareness Month, as part of the effort to raise awareness of the debilitating disease.

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing irreparable damage and is the most common acquired chronic neurological condition among young Australian adults.

Researchers at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), the School of Medicine, and the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) are working to find treatments to help the 23,000 Australians living with the disease.

UQ MS expert Dr Judith Greer said the UQCCR was working on five main MS projects. “My current work focuses on the role of molecules called antibodies,” she said. “There is a lot of suggestive evidence that these antibodies might cause a faster progression of disease in people with multiple sclerosis, but this remains to be proven.

“We’re investigating the mechanisms by which antibodies that target the most abundant protein in myelin (called proteolipid protein or PLP) could hasten MS disease progression,” Dr Greer said. “MS Queensland is a great supporter of ours and sponsors many of our projects.”

Other areas under the microscope include the development of antigen-specific therapeutics agents for MS, the role of pregnancy in protecting against MS, the role of mutations in genes that control the pro-inflammatory NF-kB pathway for people with MS, and the role of Epstein Barr virus in MS.

Researchers hope the results of these studies will help improve treatment options for people with MS and allow better understanding of the basic pathogenic mechanisms that can cause MS.

UQ Property and Facilities Division Maintenance Manager Contracts Glenn Vickery said UQ participated in the annual event to raise awareness among staff, visitors and students.

“Other major sites joining us this year are Conrad Treasury Casino, Kurilpa Bridge, QPAC and the Queensland Museum,” he said.

MS Queensland urges the public to get involved with the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign and support Australian research into treatment, prevention and ultimately finding a cure for MS.


About the University of Queensland Medical School

The University of Queensland Medical School offers a four-year, graduate-entry medical program, the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).

Designed to produce doctors able to meet the challenges of the new century, the curriculum captures the enthusiasm and maturity of its graduate entrants and help them develop into highly skilled medical graduates capable of entering the wide variety of career options open to them.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Medical Program

Offers will be made to eligible applicants on a “rolling admissions,” first-come, first-served basis.

  • Completed degree (bachelor, master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum 8/8/8 or 8/8/M/8) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ Medical School

Apply now to the University of Queensland Medical School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Broghan Dean at any time to assist you with your University of Queensland Medical School application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding medical school in Australia.

Find out more about the University of Queensland Medical School and other Australian Medical Schools. Contact OzTREKK for the latest information about medical school at Australian universities!