The course of MS in each individual is different. There are limited tools available to predict the severity of the disease in individuals.
During her PhD, Dr Ai-Lan Nguyen, plans to compare commercially available MRI programs to those available for research. she will investigate if these recently automated research programs can detect brain shrinkage more quickly and easily than the commercially available ones. These tests may be able to detect brain shrinkage before physical or mental symptoms are noticed.
She will combine the results of the MRI scans with mental and physical test to determine what the best predictors for increased disability are. As these tests can be quickly and easily performed they may be able to be incorporated into clinical practice.
She will also investigate what effect certain therapeutics have on brain shrinkage, and if these therapies appear to alter the course of MS.
Updated: 11 January 2018
Updated: 03 January, 2018