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UL Researcher Awarded €270,000


Monday December 02 2013 10:45 AM

Research to investigate the benefits of exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis

University of Limerick physiotherapist, Dr Susan Coote was awarded €270,000 by Ireland’s Health Research Board (HRB) to investigate the benefits of physical activity for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr Coote explains the significance of this research added; 'We know that physical activity can have major benefits for people with MS, the key is trying to embed this activity as a core part of their daily life. This project is unique in that it combines a programme of physical activity coupled with behaviour change interventions to enable people with MS to remain physically active into the future'.

For many years Dr Susan Coote has been involved with MS Ireland and also sits on the Board. Susan and her research team continue to do exciting collaborative projects exploring the benefits of exercise for people with MS. The outcomes of which continue to influence physiotherapy practice. The MS community congratulate Susan and look forward to the results of this exciting new project. 

In a short interview Dr Susan Coote talks about MS and the aims of her research.

Dr Susan Coote 


Photographer: Alan Place

Author: MS Ireland

Tags: drsusancoote, healthresourceboard, hrb, research, physiotherapist



Wednesday December 11 2013 08:11

I have a benign form of MS, medical team would suggest that my cycling could be a possible reason for this.

Despite being 57, I cycle about 50 miles a week. walk. swim everyday.

I would love to be involved in some kind of research in exercise and MS

Aidan Larkin

Wednesday December 11 2013 14:17

HI Breda, Aidan from MS Ireland here. There are many opportunities to take part in exercise research depending where you live. Would be happy to chat and let you know what is going on in this area.

Please call (091) 768630 or email aidanl@ms-society.ie

Kind regards

Pat MCCarthy

Wednesday December 18 2013 16:19

Hi Aidan my story re: my ms and epilepsy has just being published in epilepsy news magazine 7.12.2013

My experience: exercise is achievable at home or any MS group or otherwise - as little as one wants. Slan.

Susan Coote

Friday March 14 2014 12:25

We are recruiting people with MS for the "Activity Matters in MS" project.

We will do a series of interviews to find out what you want from a web or paper based resource that aims to increase physical activity.

If you would like to take part just e-mail susan.coote@ul.ie

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