Who are MS researchers in Australia - MS Research Australia

Who are MS researchers in Australia

Within the MS Research Australia network of researchers, there is significant representation of mid-career researchers (post-doctoral researchers, senior lecturers) and senior academics (Associate Professor, Professor). The full cohort is comprised primarily of researchers, but also includes a number of students, neurologist-researchers, other clinician-researchers (immunologists and haematologists), and various other domains of health professionals.

Percentage of survey respondents

Overlap between Clinical and Academic domains

The overlap between the clinical and academic fields is substantial, and a real strength of the Australian MS cohort. A large proportion of the cohort show overlapping clinical and research roles, such that one third of individuals fall into the ‘overlap’ category.

Geographical spread of MS Researchers

The MS Research Australia research cohort shows a strong representation of New South Wales and Victorian researchers. Smaller numbers of researchers are based in Queensland, South Australia, ACT, Western Australia, and Tasmania, which each have comparatively smaller population size, though each of these locations contains at least one or more key MS research hubs.

Percentage of Researchers in each state or territory

Key universities and institutes represented and percentage of individuals in the MS Research Australia database

A very large range of organisations in Australia undertake MS research, including 31 universities and 21 medical research institutes from around the country.

Percentage of individuals in the MS Research Australia database %

Key disciplines of MS Research in Australia

Researchers from different disciplines are engaged in one or more fields of MS research, with the majority of survey respondents falling within key domains of genetics & epidemiology, immunology, neurobiology, and social & applied faculties. Social and applied research aims to understand the social, economic, and quality of life effects of MS, and encompasses a wide range of research including allied health and rehabilitation, psychology and cognition, health economics, and many other applied research domains. A smaller proportion of researchers reported working within other research fields, including bioinformatics and computer science, and radiology and imaging techniques.

Percentage of Researchers in each discipline %

Diverse expertise of MS researchers across disease boundaries.

Crucially, a number of researchers also reported an interest in studying other diseases in addition to MS, which provides an invaluable cross-fertilisation of expertise, knowledge, and translation of research discoveries, ensuring the MS research field is at the cutting edge of emerging technologies.

Researchers from different disciplines are engaged in one or more fields of MS research, with the majority of survey respondents falling within key domains of genetics & epidemiology, immunology, neurobiology, and social & applied faculties. Social and applied research aims to understand the social, economic, and quality of life effects of MS, and encompasses a wide range of research including allied health and rehabilitation, psychology and cognition, health economics, and many other applied research domains. A smaller proportion of researchers reported working within other research fields, including bioinformatics and computer science, and radiology and imaging techniques.

Number of survey respondents

Universities and Institutes in the MS Research Australia network

  • Australian Catholic University, NSW
  • Australian College of Applied Psychology, VIC
  • Australian National University, ACT
  • Baker IDI Institute, VIC
  • Brain and Mind Centre, NSW
  • Bond University, QLD
  • Burnet Institute, VIC
  • Centenary Institute, NSW
  • Charles Sturt University, NSW
  • Children’s Medical Research Institute, NSW
  • Curtin University, WA
  • Deakin University, VIC
  • Edith Cowan University, WA
  • Flinders University, SA
  • Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health, VIC
  • Garvan Institute, NSW
  • George Institute, NSW
  • Griffith University, QLD
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute, NSW
  • James Cook University, QLD
  • Kids Research Institute, NSW
  • La Trobe University, VIC
  • Macquarie University, NSW
  • Menzies Institute for Medical Research, TAS
  • Monash University, VIC
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, VIC
  • Murdoch University, WA
  • Neuroscience Research Australia, NSW
  • Queensland Brain Institute, QLD
  • Queensland Institute for Medical Research, QLD
  • Queensland University of Technology, QLD
  • RMIT University, VIC
  • Swinburne University, VIC
  • Telethon Kids Research Institute, WA
  • University of Adelaide, SA
  • University of Melbourne, VIC
  • University of Newcastle, NSW
  • University of New England, NSW
  • University of NSW, NSW
  • University of Sydney, NSW
  • University of South Australia, SA
  • University of Tasmania, TAS
  • University of Technology Sydney, NSW
  • University of QLD, QLD
  • University of Western Australia, WA
  • University of Western Sydney, NSW
  • University of Wollongong, NSW
  • Victoria University, VIC
  • Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, VIC
  • Wesley Research Institute, QLD
  • Western Australia Neuroscience Research Institute, WA
  • Westmead Institute for Medical Research, NSW

This may not be an exhaustive list. Submissions are welcome for additional Institutions that are active in MS research to add to this list. Click the "Submit your feedback or suggestions" link at the top of the page.

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