MS Ireland have been in partnership with the Physiotherapy Department of The University of Limerick since 2008. Over the years this partnership has gone from strength to strength and both parties are dedicated to advancing Irish MS research.
University of Limerick researcher and physiotherapist - and MS Ireland Board Member - Dr Susan Coote has been awarded €270,000 by Ireland’s Health Research Board (HRB) to investigate the benefits of physical activity and exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Using money raised through the Tesco Ireland 2008 Charity of the Year programme and a grant from the Dormant Accounts Fund, our physiotherapy and exercise programme for people with MS was established.
One arm of the Getting the Blance Right programme gave people with MS access to physiotherapy sessions and other forms of exercise classes. Another arm aimed to research the best physiotherapy and exercise interventions for people with MS.
As part of our World MS Day celebrations in 2011, MS Ireland and The University of Limerick signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The formal partnership outlined ways in which the various academic institutions could focus their research on MS.
Learn more about the Memorandum of Understanding
Cooking pot with siphon attachment for people with a disability Andrew Fahy, is on the International Entrepreneurship Masters programme in the University of Limerick (UL). He is currently completing a Strategic Commercialisation Project to complete the final stage of a Business Masters. Andrew is researching a potential product and is asking people with MS if they would be interested in a specialised Cooking Pot with Siphon attachment for draining boiled water from a cooking pot more safely; reducing the risk of being burned and to see if this product can benefit people with a disability on a daily basis. The product was orginally designed by a former University of Limerick product designer who's Grandfather has Parkinson's disease. If there is enough interest in buying the product, then the product designer can make a decision to have the product produced and to offer it for sale. What will I have to do? Taking part in this study will involve completing an online questionnaire. It will take approx. 5 minutes and your help will be greatly appreciated. Online questionnaire Please follow the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9QVLSQL More information Please email Andrew Fahy firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions
Causes, attributions and intervention needs It is known that more than 50% of people with MS experience a fall within a 6 month period. However, there are currently only a few treatments to prevent or reduce falls for people with MS. Dr Susan Coote, who leads this research, is part of an International MS Falls Prevention Research network that will develop a falls prevention programme for people with Multiple Sclerosis. We want to find out about your MS, your falls and what you would like to be included in a falls prevention programme. This will help us to make sure that the programme is based on the needs of the people who will take part in it. What will I have to do? You will be taking part in a one to one telephone interview with a researcher from the University of Limerick. The interview will last between 25-30 minutes. Questions will include simple yes/no questions, multiple choice, open questions and others will be based on a scale. Although it is not necessary for you to be at home, it is advised that you choose a quiet and private place to conduct the interview. The interview will not be recorded; the student will fill in your responses on a data entry sheet throughout the interview. You are not required to answer any questions that you don’t want to and you may withdraw from the study at any stage. Who can participate? People with MS (over 18 years of age) who can walk at least 10 metres with or without an aid and have experienced a fall within the last 3 months can take part in this study. What do I do now? If you would like to take part in this study please contact the research team: Dr. Susan Coote Tel: 061-234278 Email: email@example.com Eve Geraghty Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have Multiple Sclerosis? Are you living near Galway, Limerick or Cork? If so, you may be suitable to take part in a new free 10-week physiotherapy-led exercise and education intervention MS researchers at the University of Limerick, in collaboration with colleagues in the US, MS Ireland and the Health Research Board have developed a new exercise programme that aims to improve strength and walking ability among people with MS. Who can participate? People with a diagnosis of MS, who are able to walk independently without a mobility aid, are over 18 years, and are currently not physically active, are invited to take part. What do I have to do? The study will involve an initial physiotherapy assessment followed by a 10-week group exercise and education programme (in a community setting in Galway, Limerick or Cork), wherein participants will be asked to attend six 1.5 hour exercise sessions and 3 follow-up assessments after programme completion. This study starts in September 2014. Get in touch For more information please contact Dr. Susan Coote Call (061) 234278 or email: email@example.com
Mice crippled by a version of MS walk after two weeks Researchers in Utah are astonished at the findings of mice who had a condition that mimics the symptoms of human MS, were transplated with human neural stems cells and regained motor skills and were able to walk again after 10-14 days. Six months later, they showed no sign of relapsing. Professor Tom Lane, from the University of Utah, who led the US team, recalled: "My postdoctoral fellow Dr Lu Chen came to me and said ‘the mice are walking’. I didn’t believe her." The study is at an early and gives scientist new ideas for research into potential MS therapies. Further reading Irish Examiner (16/05)
'Receiving a Diagnosis of MS' Survey MS Ireland is assisting, Catherine Burgess O'Sullivan, student at NUI, Galway, currently studying for a MSc in Health Psychology. Diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS in October 2006 her research is based around receiving a diagnosis of MS. Catherine is very interested in hearing from people who have been diagnosed in the last three years about issues relating to their illness and their diagnosis. Aim of study The study is investigating people's experience of receiving a diagnosis of MS and the effect of the diagnosis in the immediate to three year period following diagnosis. Who can participate? People diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the last 3 years. What will I have to do? Taking part in this study will involve completing an online questionnaire. It will take approx. 20 minutes and your help will be greatly appreciated. If you complete the questionnaire you will be entered into a draw for one of two €50 One4all vouchers. Online questionnaire Please follow the link to access the questionnaire: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1614122/Living-with-a-diagnosis-of-Multiple-Sclerosis Closing Date 16th June 2014 More information If you have any queries please contact Researcher Catherine Burgess O'Sullivan firstname.lastname@example.org or Supervisor Dr. Molly Byrne email@example.com If you have any concerns relating to this study and wish to contact someone in confidence, you may contact: The Head, School of Psychology, National University of Galway, Galway
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