Meet The Researcher

Dr Kieren Po

University of Sydney, NSW

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LET’S GET STARTED! TELL US AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOURSELF...
I went to an agricultural high school in Sydney and often surprise people from regional Australia (especially farmers) with my understanding of what they do and where they're from.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN MS RESEARCH?
I was inspired to become involved in MS research after my clinical fellowship in Oxford, where they have a strong tradition of bench-to-bedside scientific research and I had the opportunity to work with internationally renown researchers and clinicians in the field.
WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS BEEN THE MOST EXCITING DEVELOPMENT IN MS RESEARCH?
The discovery that B cells have an important role in the pathophysiology of MS. This has already lead to important treatment advances (anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies) and the hope of future treatments now in phase II/III clinical trials.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECT...
My project focuses on Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) in people with MS. It aims to understand what treatments are being used, how treatments are chosen and monitored, and the factors affecting treatment adherence.
WHY IS YOUR RESEARCH IMPORTANT AND HOW WILL IT INFLUENCE THE UNDERSTANDING AND TREATMENT OF MS?
The results of this research will further improve the judicious, appropriate, safe, and efficacious use of disease-modifying therapies for people with MS.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LAB AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE?
What I enjoy most is meeting different people with MS and being able to make a difference in their lives. The main challenge is time – there's never enough!
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Dr Kieren Po