Memory and speed-of thinking changes in MS

Mr Daniel Merlo

Monash University, VIC

| Better treatments | Social And Applied Research | Scholarship | 2018 | Investigator Led Research |


Up to 65% of people with MS experience changes in thinking functions such as memory, problem solving and the speed of which they can think. These changes can dramatically effect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and maintain employment.

At the moment, there is limited ability to measure and detect these changes in a person with MS, and the tests that are available are often time consuming. During his PhD, Mr Daniel Merlo, aims to use some brief, web based, computerised tests to look for changes in these thinking functions in people with MS. He will also investigate what factors (such as brain size, employment and education level) impact thinking functions.

Web based services have the advantage of reaching people in rural areas and those with limited mobility. This study will provide some insight into the decline in mental abilities in people with MS, and could be implemented into clinical practice to help neurologists and people with MS determine their course of treatment.

Updated: 10 January 2018

Updated: 03 January, 2018


  • Mr Daniel Merlo, Monash University, VIC


Grant Awarded

  • Postgraduate Scholarship

Total Funding

  • $90,000


  • 3 years over 2018 - 2020

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