Developing tailored dietary advice for people with MS

Dr Vivienne Guan

University of Wollongong, NSW

| Better treatments | Social And Applied Research | Fellowship | 2021 | Investigator Led Research |


Although there currently are no conclusive dietary guidelines for people living with MS that delay or prevent disease progression, there is great demand from the MS community for easily accessible information to help with healthy food choices. Previous research has shown that people living with MS embrace support and advice to self-manage MS and improve their quality of life, and dietary advice is often sought as part of planning a wellness strategy. Additionally, potential symptoms of MS such as cognitive issues, depression, fatigue and pain can play havoc with day-to-day life, affecting food choices and effort preparing food and possibly leading to suboptimal nutrition.

The aim of Dr Guan’s research is to develop and evaluate a mobile phone app to support people living with MS to self-manage food choices in line with current Australian dietary guidelines. For people living with MS, this may relieve some of the cognitive stress associated with planning and co-ordinating food choices on a daily basis. Utilising the background of her extensive experience in information technology, Dr Guan plans to co-develop the app with practicing dieticians, people living with MS and her research team to reflect the current needs of the MS community, whilst being user-friendly and readily available. It is anticipated that this community engagement will lead to an app which promotes self-management, reduces stress and improves the quality of life for those living with MS.

Updated 20 January 2021

Updated: 19 January, 2021

Stages of the research process

Fundamental laboratory

Laboratory research that investigates scientific theories behind the possible causes, disease progression, ways to diagnose and better treat MS.

Lab to clinic timeline: 10+ years

Research that builds on fundamental scientific research to develop new therapies, medical procedures or diagnostics and advances it closer to the clinic.

Lab to clinic timeline: 5+ years
Clinical Studies
and Clinical Trials

Clinical research is the culmination of fundamental and translational research turning those research discoveries into treatments and interventions for people with MS.

Lab to clinic timeline: 1-5 years


Grant Awarded

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Total Funding

  • $165,000


  • 3 years

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Developing tailored dietary advice for people with MS