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Aoife Kirwan
Name

Aoife Kirwan

Country:

Ireland

How I'm involved in MS research:

As someone living with MS, I’ve taken part in numerous MS research surveys. The information that I, and the other participants, have given has helped to inform researchers, influencers and decision makers about the reality of MS from a medical, social, economic and emotional perspective.

What inspired you to get involved in MS research?

Research benefits us all. If people are unwilling to participate in research then progress is halted. Even if the research isn’t directly beneficial to you, it might help someone else. As someone living with MS, I want to do what I can to help people who will be diagnosed after me. I like to leave things better than I find them and try to make it a little easier for the next person who comes along.

What do you think has been the most exciting development in MS research?

Everything that has helped us to better understand MS. Whereas in the past MS wasn’t really understood, we now have a clearer picture of what MS is, including an understanding of some of the factors that affect onset and progression and some of the indirect implications that MS can have.

As well as finding a cure for MS, what future developments do you hope to see in MS research?

I’d like to see treatment options for progressive MS, along with more research into paediatric MS, myelin repair, neuroprotection, and the role of genetics in MS.

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