Why is your research important and how will it influence the understanding and treatment of MS?
The current clinical approach to monitoring MS is mainly based around infrequent clinical assessments and MRI scans. With modern mobile app based technology, we have an easily accessible device that can potentially provide more data on how MS affects patients on a day-to-day basis. We hope to identify patients at higher risk of progression/relapse with these apps and this may allow us to better select for patients in future progressive MS trials. It will also allow for greater patient involvement with their own care, and is a promising technology to improve remote clinical assessment, particular in the setting of the COVID pandemic.