Research Day 2018

Date: Saturday 26 May 2018

We are thrilled to have a wonderful line up of presenters for our Research Day on Saturday 26th May at Alexandra Park. Doors open at 9am

No set charge - Donations at the door

Booking is essential and is done through Eventbrite here

Dr Helmut Butzkueven - MS Brain Health 

‘MS Brain Health’ is a global initiative defining an international consensus of best practice management for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Key principles include timely diagnosis, early access to disease modifying treatments, establishing a regular monitoring plan including annual MRI,early identification of sub-optimal treatment response, rapid assessment and treatment of relapses, and principles of MS self-management. Many of the Brain Health consensus recommendations are backed by powerful evidence from large real-world cohort studies in MS, including the MSBase collaboration which monitors over 58,000 people with MS globally.

In his presentation Professor Butzkueven will provide key examples of relevant studies from MSBase and other registries which illustrate how better monitoring and timely treatment decisions can improve outcomes in MS. Real world evidence for disease modifying treatments in relapsing-remitting MS will be compared with the current PHARMAC treatment guidelines in NZ.

Dr John Davison - Cognition & MS

Dr Davison is a senior clinical psychologist with experience in both clinical and academic positions in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. He currently works at Middlemore Hospital, where he provides neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation for adults and families adjusting to medical and neurological disorders. He also provides staff consultation, training and service development.

Dr Davison continues to work as an adjunct lecturer in Singapore and has recently published a casebook: a collection of case studies illustrating evidence-based assessment and therapy by clinical psychologists in Singapore. He completed his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at the University of Auckland,
in collaboration with Harvard University/Mass General Hospital.

Dr Mark Craig - MS & Diet

Dr Craig is a GP with a special interest in nutrition and health, particularly with regard
to whole foods plant based diets. He trained in the UK and haswritten several published papers
in peer reviewed journals including being

a reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation
publishing meta analyses of evidence of medical interventions.
Dr Craig worked in surgery for several years before becoming a General
Practitioner. He developed an unexpected interest in diet and health on
being introduced to the vast and growing body of evidence indicating that
plant based diets are the optimal human diet for prevention and reversal
of many of our most common conditions we see in medicine. He currently works
at Four Kauri Medical Centre in Mount Albert and consults on nutrition and standard
GP Medicine.