Murdoch University and McCusker help kiss MS goodbye May 26, 2011 As Australian women paint their lips red for Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week’s Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign, researchers at Murdoch University and the Australian Neuromuscular Research Institute are unraveling the mysteries of the ‘kissing disease’ that is thought to increase the risk of contracting MS. The kissing disease – also known as glandular fever – is one of several factors believed to increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, particularly in females who contract it for the first time in their teens. Genes and low exposure to sunlight are thought to also play a part. Now the research team, led by Murdoch University Associate Professor David Nolan and funded by the McCusker Charitable Foundation, is working to learn more about how these factors influence the development of the disease. Assoc Professor Nolan said: "We will be working closely with our collaborators, including Professors Frank Mastaglia, Allan Kermode and William Carroll, who provide specialist medical care for hundreds of women and men affected by MS in Western Australia. Together, we will be able to examine interactions between infections, genetic and environmental risk factors, all of which appear to be important in the disease process. "Our sincere hope is that this research will lead to new diagnostics for people at risk of developing MS, and better therapies for those with active disease." Assoc Prof Nolan urged people to support the annual MS Awareness Week, which runs until June 5. “MS, a disease of the central nervous system, affects 30 in every 100,000 people in Western Australia – many of them young adults – and has a significant impact on sufferers’ quality of life,” he said. “Thanks to the generous donation from the McCusker Foundation we are able to carry out this groundbreaking research here in Perth but any fundraising that supports work to learn more about this disease is welcomed.” Go to the Kiss Goodbye to MS website to donate or find out more. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Research, Health, biomedicine and psychology Tags: australian neuromuscular research institute, david nolan, glandular fever, kiss goodbye to ms, mccusker charitable foundation, ms, multiple sclerosis, multiple sclerosis awareness week Comments (One response) Jemma Caldwell May 27, 2011 Fantastic news!!! My step dad has MS and anything they find that can help him and others with MS will be a blessing! Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!