Get Involved in Research

MS Ireland helps researchers with their projects by offering advice, data and access to our MS community. We encourage people with MS to get involved in research that is ethical, appropriately organised by a recognised institution and sanctioned by that research authority.

Current Opportunities

  1. 'Better Balance' Programme - The MS Research Team at the University of Limerick, led by Professor Susan Coote, have developed a falls prevention programme for people with multiple sclerosis and we would like to assess how suitable and effective the programme is. More info >>
  2. All-Ireland genomics study - Irish life sciences company, Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI) have announced an important scientific research study aimed at unlocking the mystery of the genetic and lifestyle factors that contribute to MS. Volunteers with MS currently being treated at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Tallaght Hospital, Cork University Hospital or Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry are invited to participate in the study which aims to identify these factors in order to find better treatments, diagnoses and, ultimately, a cure for MS. GMI also hopes to rollout additional study sites around the country in future. Interested volunteers should speak with their clinical team at one of the current research sites for more information.
  3. Pilates - Karl Fleming, a Structured PhD student, along with Dr. Matthew Herring (Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences) and Prof. Susan Coote (Clinical Therapies Department) of UL are seeking your participation in a research project examining the effects of Pilates on mood among people with multiple sclerosis (MS). More info >>
  4. Online pain self-management programme - The Centre for Pain Research at NUI Galway is currently recruiting people with chronic pain (pain which has lasted for 3 months or more) to take part in a trial of the Pain Course, a free, online and internet-delivered pain self-management programme. The study offers adults with chronic pain the opportunity to avail of this 8 week, online Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy course, in the comfort of their own home. For further information, please contact Catherine by emailing,, or phone 091 495832, or visit Centre of Pain website.
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder after MS diagnosis - Gary Treacy, a PhD student from NUI Maynooth, is conducting a study looking at how people act in response to receiving a diagnosis of a chronic medical illness (i.e., Multiple Sclerosis). Participants would be required, on one occasion, to complete a questionnaire booklet containing numerous psychological measures. The duration of completing the questionnaire booklet is approximately 20 to 30 minutes. To participate, please follow the following link Information is available in the Participant Information Leaflet. If you require further information regarding any aspect of the proposed study now or at any time in the future, please contact the researcher Gary Treacy on 087-6511659

The projects listed here are for information purposes only. If you choose to get involved in any project you do so at your own discretion. Please read the information provided carefully and make contact with the individual researchers if you have questions

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If you would like help with your research, contact Aoife Kirwan on or call (01) 6781600.

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