CDT Seminar: Recent developments in spinal cord imaging in MS
Spinal cord MRI helps to diagnose MS, differentiate MS lesions from other disorders that affect the spinal cord, and identify patients who are more likely to develop a progressive course of the disease. Spinal cord pathology is responsible for neurological disability. Recent developments have allowed to improve detection of spinal cord lesions. Advanced imaging of the spinal cord has allowed us to obtain insights into the structural, metabolic and functional changes in-vivo in patients with MS. Spinal cord area can become an outcome measure to test the effectiveness of new treatments in clinical trials.
Olga Ciccarelli studied Medicine at the University of Rome, Italy, completing her specialist training in Neurology in 1999. She then came to London with the Jacqueline Du Pre award from the MSIF and a studentship from the University of Rome. After her PhD in Neurological Science at the UCL Institute of Neurology, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Advanced Clinical Fellowship. In 2018 she was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship. She is Head of the NMR Research Unit who is a multidisciplinary group aimed at understanding the mechanisms of MS using imaging. The Unit has developed advanced imaging techniques and new trial endpoints. She has secured funding from research councils and charities for her work, and has authored more than 160 papers in her research field. She is Associate Editor of Neurology, leading on the Neuroimmunology portfolio. She has a strong commitment to patient care, and runs specialist MS outpatient clinics.
Date: Thursday 1 November
Location: Roberts Building 508, 5th floor
18.00 – 19.00: Seminar
19.00 – 20.00: Drinks reception