The role of diet in the development of multiple sclerosis in children

Dr Eleanor Dunlop

Deakin University, VIC

| Causes and Prevention | Social And Applied Research | Fellowship | 2023 | Investigator Led Research |


Although nutritional factors have long been of interest in multiple sclerosis (MS), little is known about the influence of diet on the likelihood of childhood-onset MS.

Dietary intake information for children with MS and healthy children are available from a study conducted in Canada. Using this study, Mrs Eleanor Dunlop will investigate whether diets, foods or nutrients may help to reduce the risk of MS onset in children. Dietary factors, including following an anti-inflammatory diet, consuming ultra-processed foods, dairy products, fish, unprocessed red meat and other nutrients, will be statistically tested in relation to childhood MS onset.  

The results will:  

1) provide new insights into the role of diet in the risk of MS onset.  

2) potentially lead to evidence-based dietary guidance for children at high risk of getting MS. 

Updated: 22 February, 2023

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


Total Funding

  • $150,000


  • 2 years – starting 2023

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The role of diet in the development of multiple sclerosis in children