The University of Limerick (UL) has joined forces with MS Ireland to embark on further research into multiple sclerosis.
Under the initiative, UL will conduct studies into various aspects of MS, increase understanding among students, health professionals and those affected by MS.
Since 2007, research has been taking place on MS across a number of UL departments, including physiotherapy, sports science, electronic and computer engineering.
Further research will now commence in the faculties of clinical psychology, adapted physical activity and exercise and fitness.
UL, with MS Ireland, has already developed products to assist people with MS.
Computer engineers have carried out work on falls and activity monitors, while occupational therapy researchers and students have completed projects on fatigue management.
The Getting the Balance Right programme evaluated the effect of a range of physiotherapy and exercise-based interventions for people with MS with varying mobility levels.
As a result, a number of therapies were identified that are now being adopted across the public and private sectors as best practice.
Anne Winslow, chief executive of MS Ireland, said: “The research projects and the sharing of information will deepen our knowledge of MS and help those living with MS or working with people who do, to adopt strategies that reduce or eliminate the challenges often associated with living with MS.”
UL President Don Barry said that as well as enhancing research activities, the agreement would complement the ethos of knowledge sharing between the two organisations. He said: “Knowledge sharing activities have been underway for some time between MS Ireland and UL involving academics and postgraduate students delivering lectures to people with MS and professionals in the area.
“The development of postgraduate programmes and modules to enable specialisation in the management of people with neurological disorders is a key priority for MS Ireland and UL can play an important role in developing programme structures and content to meet this need.”
People with queries can call the MS information line on 1850 233 233.
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