The Auslong Study of Factors that Contribute to the Development & Progression of MS

The Auslong study is an NHMRC project that extends the original Ausimmune study of factors that lead to the development of a first demyelinating event to five years of follow up. This study is powered to detect factors that lead to conversion to clinically definite MS following a first episode of central nervous system demyelination that may represent the first symptom of MS, and the rate of progression of MS once diagnosed. This  study is based in Hobart but has research centres in Geelong, Newcastle and Brisbane. The study will use multiple measures of MS disease progression and multiple environmental, biological, clinical and biological will be studied.

AusLong 3: What predicts the progressive phase of MS is now under way. AusLong 3 is not recruiting but is continuing to follow each participant for an annual telephone review, or 15-year face-to-face review in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland

Research Groups

Related Diseases


Team Leaders

Team Members

External Collaborators

  • Professor Alan Coulthard - University of Queensland
  • Dr Robyn Lucas - Australian National University