International collaboration to study cognitive remediation for MS



  • Ian Ballard Travel Award - $8,000 for 2016


Only during the last two decades have clinicians become increasingly aware of the prevalence and profound functional impact of cognitive impairment in MS. Dr Hannah Gullo, from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland, has been awarded an Ian Ballard Travel Award for 2016 to spend four weeks at the Kessler Foundation in New Jersey in the USA, working with Professor John De Luca and his colleagues. Professor De Luca is the Senior Vice President for Research at Kessler Foundation and oversees the Kessler Foundation's renowned rehabilitation research in multiple sclerosis as well as spinal cord injury, brain injury, and stroke. He is internationally renowned for his work in memory and information processing.

Dr Gullo is conducting a randomised controlled trial to assess the use of compensatory memory techniques using Smartwatch technology, and this trip will enable her to consult with international experts in the field of cognitive training in MS and other disorders, to help obtain better outcomes for this trial. This collaboration will also see Dr Gullo combine expertise with researchers from the Kessler Foundation in order to develop a novel technique for training memory and thinking skills in people with MS using both remediation and compensatory rehabilitation techniques.