About this episode – Gut bacteria and MS
In this episode we speak to Dr Wolfgang Marx at Deakin University who is carrying out a research project investigating the gut microbiome, or the overall composition of bacteria which are found in people’s stomachs. Changes in gut bacteria have been suggested to contribute to the progression of MS and enhancement of MS symptoms. Since the bacterial composition might be modifiable, it is vitally important to determine their contribution to MS.
This study will investigate the gut bacteria of people with MS who are undertaking an existing clinical trial. The trial is a 16-week trial testing the effects of dietary supplements on depression and fatigue in MS. Dr Marx and his team will be looking at the gut bacteria of 150 people with MS who are participating in the trial to examine whether there are any changes to their gut bacteria during the trial and whether the composition of the gut bacteria influences the clinical severity or progression of their disease. Watch the video to find out more.
About Dr Wolfgang Marx
Dr Wolfgang Marx is a researcher based at Deakin University. He is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who completed his PhD at Bond University where he investigated the use of nutraceutical interventions on chemotherapy-induced nausea and fatigue.
Find out more on his current MS Research Australia funded project: ‘Gut bacteria’s association with the symptoms of MS‘
What is the Research Report video series?
MS Research Australia’s Research Report is a series dedicated to exploring and explaining research happening into MS in Australia and around the world.