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Ingrid Van der Mei

Ingrid van der Mei

Principal Research Fellow - ARC
Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Room 358b-01, Medical Science 2, Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6226 7710 (phone)

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Ingrid.vanderMei@utas.edu.au

Associate Professor Ingrid van der Mei, a leading epidemiologist at the University of Tasmania's Menzies Institute for Medical Research, is trying to solve the puzzle of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological disease that often presents in young and middle-aged adults. MS is caused by the demyelination of nerve cells, and depending on the location of these, people develop a large range of symptoms including problems with fatigue, mobility and muscle function, pain, cognition, speech, bladder, and vision.

Ingrid's research focuses on understanding why people get MS and what influences the progression. She targets factors that have the potential to be modified (e.g. lifestyle, exposure to viruses) but also brings in genetics by examining how genes interact with those modifiable lifestyle factors. The ultimate aim is to prevent the disease, to slow the progression and improve the quality of life of each person with MS.

One of the team's biggest findings to date has been proving the link between MS and sun exposure. When Ingrid first started her MS research in 1998, it was known that there was a latitudinal gradient with the rate of MS being seven times higher in Tasmania than in Northern Queensland. That led to the idea that sunlight exposure might be involved. That hypothesis turned out to be true.

Ingrid led a case-control study where the questionnaire answers of people who already had MS were compared to a group of people without MS. The research showed that people with MS reported lower levels of sun exposure, particularly during adolescence, and this was backed up by objective measures of sun exposure. This major work was published in 2003 in the British Medical Journal.

The research continued with an incident case-control study, including people who were right at the start of their disease process. This research showed that both low sun exposure and low vitamin D levels were important risk factors of MS.

In another line of research, the team followed people with MS over time, carefully assessing their lifestyle and vitamin D levels. Intriguingly, low vitamin D levels were not only associated with the onset of MS but also influenced the number of MS relapses. This major discovery was published in 2010 in the Annals of Neurology. At the same time there was a paediatric MS study that backed up these findings, clearing the way for randomised control trials.

The work, conducted over 15 years, clearly shows how the 'Chain of Research', as Ingrid calls it, works. She started to build the evidence with a simple correlation between ambient UV and MS prevalence, then extended to better and more expensive study designs. Along the way the work dramatically changed vitamin D prescription practices. However, the international community is still waiting on the randomised controlled trials that are being conducted, because they provide the ultimate evidence on whether vitamin D supplementation really improves the course of the disease.

Ingrid is running the Australian MS Longitudinal Study. More than 3,000 people around Australia participate in a number of surveys each year. The data is owned by MS Research Australia and used for research, service delivery and advocacy, and is available for other Australian MS researchers. It is a dynamic project with many aims being achieved.

Ingrid is also taking advantage of the new era of technology to improve health.

She is working on setting up an electronic portal where people with MS can be empowered by having important aspects of their health and lifestyle visualised. They will also have the opportunity to share their 'personal health record' with clinicians in order to optimise their management. It basically results in a new health care model.

Another exiting project is the development of an online self-management program for people with MS – MS WorkSmart. It will assist people with MS to maintain their employment and reduce difficulties associated with their employment. Nearly half of the total MS cost is due to sickness absence and early retirement.

'I want to keep being challenged in my work, through new lines of research and the digital era,' she said. 'I like what I do. To see the slow change in knowledge and to be able to do something for the good of all those people with MS is really satisfying.'

Assoc Prof van der Mei is a senior epidemiologist, originally from the Netherlands where she studied Human Movement Science and Environmental Health Science.

She has expertise in conducting, managing and analysing large epidemiological studies including case-control studies and longitudinal studies with repeated measures.

Her research focuses on identifying factors that cause Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and factors that influence the progression of the disease. She contributed substantially to identifying that low sun exposure and low vitamin D levels as a risk factor for MS (British Medical Journal 2003, Neurology 2011) and that higher vitamin D levels are associated with a lower risk of having relapses among people with MS (Annals of Neurology 2010).

Biography

  • ARC Future Fellow, 2011 – present
  • Tasmanian branch president, Public Health Association Australia, 2010 – 2014
  • Board member, Public Health Association Australia, 2010 – 2013
  • Australian MS Longitudinal Study Project Manager, 2013 – present
  • NHMRC Training Fellow, 2007 – 2010

Career summary

Qualifications

  • PhD (Epidemiology), University of Tasmania, Australia, 2004
  • MSc (Environmental Health Science), Maastricht University, Netherlands, 1996
  • MSc (Human Movement Science), Free University, Netherlands, 1995
  • BSc (Human Movement Science), Free University, Netherlands, 1990

Languages (other than English)

  • Dutch

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member Public Health Association Australia
  • Member Australasian Epidemiology Association

Administrative expertise

Managing large epidemiological studies

Teaching

Epidemiology, Biostatistics

Teaching responsibility

Unit Coordinator CAM627 Extended Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Appointments

  • Served on a number of NHMRC grant review panels
  • Scientific Committee Public Health Congress (Hobart, 2015)
  • Scientific Committee 5th Internat Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology (Gold Coast 2015)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee 3rd Internat Conference on Neurology and Epidemiology (Abu Dhabi 2013)
  • Invited member on the Vitamin D advisory group, Department of Health and Human Services (2011-2012)
  • Invited member on the Reference Group for the Sexual & Reproductive Health Strategy (2012)
  • Invited member on the Making Choices Two Taskforce for the Sexual & Reproductive Health Strategy (2012)
  • Member Senior Management Team, Menzies Research Institute (2009-2011)

Research Invitations

  • International invitation: 2013 International Conference on HHV6 & 7 in Paris
  • International invitation: 2010 European Charcot Foundation Symposium MS Conference in Rome)
  • Invitations to speak at other international groups - Maastricht, Boston, Amsterdam, Rotterdam
  • Pooling of data with UCSF Medical Center (San Fransisco, USA) (peadiatric MS dataset) – examining gene-environment interaction in MS
  • Invitation to visit Harvard (Boston, USA) to pool data with the Nurses Health cohorts
  • Editorial board journal – MS and Related Disease (2014-now)
  • Guest editor for the Australasian Epidemiologists (2014)

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Expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology, Multiple Sclerosis, risk factors, disease progression, gene-environment interaction, quality of life, disability

Research Themes

Ingrid's research aligns to the University's research theme of Better Health and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research theme of Public Health and Primary Health Care. It focuses on identifying risk factors of MS and identifying factors that influence the progression of the disease. In addition, she focuses her attention on improving the lives of people with MS, through the development of interventions.

Ingrid has a particular interest in gene-environment interaction, so most studies have data available on genetic factors as well as lifestyle/environmental factors.

Collaboration

Ingrid is currently involved in an international collaboration with Bournemouth University, United Kingdom, and an international collaboration with UCSF Medical Center (San Francisco) & University of California (Berkeley), USA in relation to the pooling of data. She is part of a large national collaborative team for the Ausimmune/AusLong study (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Barwon Health, John Hunter Hospital). National collaborations for the Australian MS Longitudinal Study include e.g. Monash), and she also has a national collaboration with Austin Health, Melbourne, on a project on Primary Biliary Cirrhosis.

Awards

  • Publication awarded by American Journal of Epidemiology as one of the 10 best publications of 2014
  • Awarded as a Fellow of the Public Health Association Australia, 2013
  • ARC Future Fellowship, 2011
  • Rising Star Award, University of Tasmania, 2010

Current projects

  1. Ingrid currently manages the Australian MS Longitudinal Study, a research platform owned by MS Research Australia that aims to improve the lives of people with MS.
  2. She also runs the Primary Progressive MS study, an epidemiological study for people with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS). There are currently no treatments available for people with PPMS and this study aims to examine whether known MS risk factors also hold for people with PPMS and which factors might be associated with the progression of the disease.
  3. She is a chief investigator of the Ausimmune Study and the AusLong study. These projects investigate which factors are associated with a first episode of CNS demyelination (many of whom will develop MS) and factors associated with the conversion to MS and progression of the disease.
  4. Projects that are older but still being used for data analysis and writing papers are the Tasmanian MS Longitudinal Study and the Tasmanian MS case-control study.

Fields of Research

  • Epidemiology (111706)
  • Central Nervous System (110903)
  • Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases (110904)

Research Objectives

  • Preventive Medicine (920412)
  • Nervous System and Disorders (920111)

Publications

Ingrid has published >90 publications. Her research has made in internationally outstanding contribution in relation to the association between sun exposure/vitamin D and MS. She published a BMJ paper in 2003, being one of the first to show that higher levels of personal sun exposure were associated with a lower risk of MS. She also was instrumental in identifying that higher vitamin D levels were associated with a lower risk of relapses. This association is now being tested in international randomised controlled trials. She has identified a number of other novel risk factors of MS, including low infant sibling exposure (a measure of infection load) and low parity number. She has made a substantial contribution on gene-environment interactions, identifying a number of interactions, which all contribute to unravelling the puzzle of MS.

Total publications

153

Highlighted publications

(8 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2014Journal ArticleTettey P, Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Blizzard L, Ponsonby A-L, et al., 'An adverse lipid profile is associated with disability and progression in disability, in people with MS', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 20, (13) pp. 1737-1744. ISSN 1477-0970 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458514533162 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Tettey P; Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Blizzard L

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2011Journal ArticleLucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Dear K, Valery PC, Pender MP, et al., 'Sun exposure and vitamin D are independent risk factors for CNS demyelination', Neurology, 76, (6) pp. 540-548 . ISSN 0028-3878 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31820af93d [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 190Web of Science - 170

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2011ReviewVan der Mei IAF, Simpson Jr S, Stankovich J, Taylor BV, 'Individual and Joint Action of Environmental Factors and Risk of MS', Neurologic Clinics , 29, (2) pp. 233-255. (2011) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ncl.2010.12.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Stankovich J; Taylor BV

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2010Journal ArticleSimpson S, Taylor B, Blizzard L, Ponsonby AL, Pittas F, et al., 'Higher 25-hydroxyvitamin D Is Associated with Lower Relapse Risk in Multiple Sclerosis', Annals of Neurology, 68, (2) pp. 193-203. ISSN 0364-5134 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ana.22043 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 294Web of Science - 267

Co-authors: Simpson S; Taylor B; Blizzard L; Pittas F

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2010Journal Articlevan der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Taylor BV, Stankovich J, Dickinson JL, et al., 'Human Leukocyte Antigen-DR15, Low Infant Sibling Exposure and Multiple Sclerosis: Gene-Environment Interaction', Annals of Neurology, 67, (2) pp. 261-265. ISSN 0364-5134 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ana.21849 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Taylor BV; Stankovich J; Dickinson JL; Foote S; Dwyer T

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2005Journal ArticlePonsonby AL, Van der Mei IAF, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Taylor BVM, et al., 'Exposure to infant siblings during early life and risk of multiple sclerosis', Journal of the American Medical Association, 293, (4) pp. 463-469. ISSN 0098-7484 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1001/jama.293.4.463 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 120Web of Science - 101

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BVM

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2003Journal ArticleVan der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Simmons R, et al., 'Past exposure to sun, skin phenotype, and risk of multiple sclerosis: case-control study', British Medical Journal, 327, (7410) pp. 316-320. ISSN 0959-535X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.327.7410.316 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 396Web of Science - 331

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BVM

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2001Journal ArticleVan der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Blizzard CL, Dwyer T, 'Regional variation in multiple sclerosis prevalence in Australia and its association with ambient ultraviolet radiation', Neuroepidemiology, 20, (3) pp. 168-174. ISSN 0251-5350 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1159/000054783 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 167Web of Science - 151

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Blizzard CL; Dwyer T

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Abdollahpour I, Nedjat S, Mansournia MA, Sahraian MA, van der Mei I, 'Lifestyle factors and multiple sclerosis: A population-based incident case-control study', Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 22 pp. 128-133. ISSN 2211-0348 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.msard.2018.03.022 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Chen J, Taylor B, Palmer AJ, Kirk-Brown A, van Dijk P, et al., 'Estimating MS-related work productivity loss and factors associated with work productivity loss in a representative Australian sample of people with multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, (June) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1352-4585 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458518781971 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Taylor B; Palmer AJ; Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L

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2018Graves JS, Barcellos LF, Simpson S, Belman A, Lin R, et al., 'The multiple sclerosis risk allele within the AHI1 gene is associated with relapses in children and adults', Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 19 pp. 161-165. ISSN 2211-0348 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.msard.2017.10.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Simpson S; Taylor BV; Ponsonby A-L; Dwyer T

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2018Saul A, Taylor B, Simpson Jr S, Ponsonby A-L, Blizzard L, et al., 'Polymorphism in the serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms (5-HTTLPR) modifies the association between significant life events and depression in people with multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal pp. 1-8. ISSN 1352-4585 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458518770021 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Saul A; Taylor B; Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L; Wood B

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2018Simpson Jr S, van der Mei I, Lucas RM, Ponsonby A-L, Broadley S, et al., 'Sun exposure across the life course significantly modulates early Multiple Sclerosis clinical course', Frontiers in Neurology, 9 Article 16. ISSN 1664-2295 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00016 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L; Taylor B

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2018Simpson Jr S, van der Mei I, Taylor B, 'The role of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis: biology & biochemistry, epidemiology and potential roles in treatment', Medicinal Chemistry, 14, (2) pp. 129-143. ISSN 1573-4064 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2174/1573406413666170921143600 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Taylor B

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2018Tao C, Simpson Jr S, Taylor BV, Blizzard L, Lucas RM, et al., 'Onset symptoms, tobacco smoking, and progressive-onset phenotype are associated with a delayed onset of multiple sclerosis, and marijuana use with an earlier onset', Frontiers in Neurology, 9 Article 418. ISSN 1664-2295 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2018.00418 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Taylor BV; Blizzard L

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2018Zhou Y, Chen M, Simpson Jr S, Lucas RM, Charlesworth JC, et al., 'Common genetic variation within miR-146a predicts disease onset and relapse in multiple sclerosis', Neurological Sciences, 39, (2) pp. 297-304. ISSN 1590-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10072-017-3177-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Zhou Y; Simpson Jr S; Charlesworth JC; Blackburn N; Taylor BV

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2018Chen J, Taylor BV, Blizzard L, Simpson Jr S, Palmer AJ, et al., 'Effects of multiple sclerosis disease-modifying therapies on employment measures using patient-reported data', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry pp. 1-8. ISSN 0022-3050 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2018-318228 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Blizzard L; Simpson Jr S; Palmer AJ

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2017Tettey P, Simpson S, Taylor B, Ponsonby A-L, Lucas RM, et al., 'An adverse lipid profile and increased levels of adiposity significantly predict clinical course after a first demyelinating event', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 88, (5) pp. 395-401. ISSN 0022-3050 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2016-315037 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Tettey P; Simpson S; Taylor B

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2017Ahmad H, Taylor BV, van der Mei I, Colman S, O'Leary BA, et al., 'The impact of multiple sclerosis severity on health state utility values: Evidence from Australia', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 23, (8) pp. 1157-1166. ISSN 1352-4585 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458516672014 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Ahmad H; Taylor BV; Breslin M; Palmer AJ

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2017King L, Xiang F, Swaminathan A, Dear K, Harrison SL, et al., 'Validation of sun exposure reported annually against interim self-report and daily sun diaries', Photochemistry and Photobiology, 93, (5) pp. 1294-1302. ISSN 0031-8655 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/php.12780 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 21

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2017Odenthal C, Simpson Jr S, Oughton J, van der Mei I, Rose S, et al., 'Midsagittal corpus callosum area and conversion to multiple sclerosis after clinically isolated syndrome: A multicentre Australian cohort study', Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 61, (4) pp. 453-460. ISSN 1754-9477 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1754-9485.12570 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Taylor B

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2017Saul A, Ponsonby A-L, Lucas RM, Taylor BV, Simpson Jr S, et al., 'Stressful life events and the risk of initial central nervous system demyelination', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 23, (7) pp. 1000-1007. ISSN 1352-4585 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458516667566 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Saul A; Taylor BV; Simpson Jr S

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2017Tao C, Simpson Jr S, Taylor BV, van der Mei I, 'Association between human herpesvirus & human endogenous retrovirus and MS onset & progression', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 372 pp. 239-249. ISSN 0022-510X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2016.11.060 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Taylor BV

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2017Claflin SB, van der Mei IAF, Taylor BV, 'Complementary and alternative treatments of multiple sclerosis: a review of the evidence from 2001 to 2016', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 8, (1) pp. 34-41. ISSN 0022-3050 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2016-314490 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Claflin SB; Taylor BV

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2017Thompson MJW, Aitken DA, van der Mei IA, Otahal P, Cicolini J, et al., 'Predictors of Beagley-Gibson skin cast grade in older adults', Skin Research and Technology, 23, (2) pp. 235-242. ISSN 0909-752X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/srt.12328 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Thompson MJW; Aitken DA; Otahal P; Winzenberg TM; Jones G

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2017Van Dijk PA, Kirk-Brown AK, Taylor B, van der Mei I, 'Closing the gap: Longitudinal changes in employment for Australians with multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 23, (10) pp. 1415-1423. ISSN 1352-4585 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458516678934 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2017Zhou Y, Graves JS, Simpson S, Charlesworth JC, van der Mei I, et al., 'Genetic variation in the gene LRP2 increases relapse risk in multiple sclerosis', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 88, (10) pp. 864-868. ISSN 0022-3050 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2017-315971 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Zhou Y; Simpson S; Charlesworth JC; Taylor BV

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2017Zhou Y, Simpson Jr S, Charlesworth JC, van der Mei I, Lucas RM, et al., 'Variation within MBP gene predicts disease course in multiple sclerosis', Brain and Behavior, 7, (4) Article e00670. ISSN 2162-3279 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/brb3.670 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Charlesworth JC; Taylor BV

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2017Abdollahpour I, Nedjat S, Sahraian MA, Mansournia MA, Otahal P, et al., 'Waterpipe smoking associated with multiple sclerosis: A population-based incident case-control study', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 23, (10) pp. 1328-1335. ISSN 1352-4585 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458516677867 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Otahal P

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2017Bima A, Pezic A, Sun C, Cameron FJ, Rodda C, et al., 'Environmental and genetic determinants of two Vitamin D metabolites in healthy Australian children', Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 30, (5) pp. 531-541. ISSN 0334-018X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1515/jpem-2016-0088 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Dwyer T

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2016George MF, Briggs FBS, Shao X, Gianfrancesco MA, Kockum I, et al., 'Multiple sclerosis risk loci and disease severity in 7,125 individuals from 10 studies', Neurology: Genetics, 2, (4) Article e87. ISSN 2376-7839 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/NXG.0000000000000087 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Zhou Y

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2016King L, Dear K, Harrison SL, van der Mei I, Brodie AM, et al., 'Investigating the patterns and determinants of seasonal variation in vitamin D status in Australian adults: the Seasonal D Cohort Study', BMC Public Health, 16, (1) Article 892. ISSN 1471-2458 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12889-016-3582-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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2016Pan G, Simpson Jr S, van der Mei I, Charlesworth JC, Lucas R, et al., 'Role of genetic susceptibility variants in predicting clinical course in multiple sclerosis: a cohort study', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 87, (11) pp. 1204-1211. ISSN 0022-3050 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2016-313722 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Charlesworth JC; Zhou Y; Wu F; Taylor BV

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2016Siejka D, Taylor B, Ponsonby A-L, Dwyer T, van der Mei I, 'Association between exposure to farm animals and pets and risk of Multiple Sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 10 pp. 53-56. ISSN 2211-0348 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.msard.2016.08.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Siejka D; Taylor B

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2016Simpson JR S, Stewart N, van der Mei I, Blizzard L, Taylor BV, 'Synergetic and antagonistic effects of combined calcitriol and interferon-β treatment on cytokine production by stimulated PBMCs', Journal of Neuroimmunology, 297 pp. 148-155. ISSN 0165-5728 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2016.05.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Simpson JR S; Stewart N; Blizzard L; Taylor BV

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2016Simpson S, Tan H, Otahal P, Taylor B, Ponsonby AL, et al., 'Anxiety, depression and fatigue at 5-year review following CNS demyelination', Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 134, (6) pp. 403-413. ISSN 0001-6314 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ane.12554 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Simpson S; Tan H; Otahal P; Taylor B; Blizzard L

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2016Tao C, Simpson Jr S, van der Mei I, Blizzard L, Havrdova E, et al., 'Higher latitude is significantly associated with an earlier age of disease onset in multiple sclerosis', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 87, (12) pp. 1343-1349. ISSN 0022-3050 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2016-314013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L; Taylor BV

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2016Tettey P, Siejka D, Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Blizzard L, et al., 'Frequency of comorbidities and their association with clinical disability and relapse in Multiple Sclerosis', Neuroepidemiology, 46, (2) pp. 106-113. ISSN 0251-5350 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1159/000442203 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Tettey P; Siejka D; Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Blizzard L

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2016Zhou Y, Zhu G, Charlesworth JC, Simpson Jr S, Rubicz R, et al., 'Genetic loci for Epstein-Barr virus nuclear antigen-1 are associated with risk of multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 22, (13) pp. 1655-1664. ISSN 1352-4585 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458515626598 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Zhou Y; Charlesworth JC; Simpson Jr S; Wu F; Taylor BV

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2016van der Mei IAF, Lucas RM, Taylor BV, Valery PC, Dwyer T, et al., 'Population attributable fractions and joint effects of key risk factors for multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 22, (4) pp. 461-469. ISSN 1352-4585 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458515594040 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Otahal P

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2016Djaja N, Janda M, Lucas RM, Harrison SL, van der Mei I, et al., 'Self-Reported changes in sun-protection behaviors at different latitudes in Australia', Photochemistry and Photobiology, 92, (3) pp. 495-502. ISSN 0031-8655 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/php.12582 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Ayton J, Van der Mei I, Wills K, Hansen E, Nelson M, 'Cumulative risks and cessation of exclusive breast feeding: Australian cross-sectional survey', Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100 pp. 863-868. ISSN 0003-9888 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2014-307833 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Ayton J; Wills K; Hansen E; Nelson M

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2015Black LJ, Anderson D, Clarke MW, Ponsonby A-L, Lucas RM, et al., 'Analytical bias in the measurement of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations impairs assessment of vitamin D Status in clinical and research settings', PL o S One, 10, (8) Article e0135478. ISSN 1932-6203 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135478 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2015Lin R, Taylor BV, Charlesworth J, van der Mei I, Blizzard L, et al., 'Modulating effects of WT1 on interferon-β-vitamin D association in MS', Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 131, (4) pp. 231-239. ISSN 0001-6314 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ane.12315 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Charlesworth J; Blizzard L; Stewart N; Pittas F; Simpson JR S

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2015Simpson JR S, Taylor BV, van der Mei I, 'The role of epidemiology in MS research: Past successes, current challenges and future potential', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 21, (8) pp. 969-977. ISSN 1352-4585 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458515574896 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Simpson JR S; Taylor BV

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2015Simpson Jr S, Stewart N, van der Mei I, Otahal P, Charlesworth J, et al., 'Stimulated PBMC-produced IFN-γ and TNF-α are associated with altered relapse risk in multiple sclerosis: Results from a prospective cohort study', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 86 pp. 200-207. ISSN 0022-3050 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2013-307336 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Stewart N; Otahal P; Charlesworth J; Blizzard L; Pittas F; Taylor B

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2015Simpson Jr S, van der Mei I, Stewart N, Blizzard L, Tettey P, et al., 'Weekly cholecalciferol supplementation results in significant reductions in infection risk among the vitamin D deficient: results from the CIPRIS pilot RCT', BMC Nutrition, 1 Article 7. ISSN 2055-0928 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/2055-0928-1-7 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Stewart N; Blizzard L; Tettey P; Taylor B

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2015Tettey P, Simpson Jr S, Taylor BV, van der Mei IAF, 'The co-occurrence of multiple sclerosis and type 1 diabetes: Shared aetiologic features and clinical implication for MS aetiology', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 348, (1-2) pp. 126-131. ISSN 0022-510X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2014.11.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Tettey P; Simpson Jr S; Taylor BV

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2015Xiang F, Harrison S, Nowak M, Kimlin M, Van der Mei I, et al., 'Weekend personal ultraviolet radiation exposure in four cities in Australia: Influence of temperature, humidity and ambient ultraviolet radiation', Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 143 pp. 74-81. ISSN 1011-1344 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2014.12.029 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2015Zhou Y, Taylor B, van der Mei I, Stewart N, Charlesworth J, et al., 'Genetic variation in PBMC-produced IFN-γ and TNF-α associations with relapse in multiple sclerosis', Journal of The Neurological Sciences, 349, (1-2) pp. 40-44. ISSN 0022-510X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2014.12.022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Zhou Y; Taylor B; Stewart N; Charlesworth J; Blizzard L; Pittas F; Simpson Jr S

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2015Hoare S, Lithander F, van der Mei I, Ponsonby A-L, Lucas R, et al., 'Higher intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids is associated with a decreased risk of a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination: Results from the Ausimmune Study', Multiple Sclerosis, 22, (7) pp. 884-892. ISSN 1352-4585 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458515604380 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2014Tettey P, Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Blizzard L, Ponsonby A-L, et al., 'Adverse lipid profile is not associated with relapse risk in MS: Results from an observational cohort study', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 340, (1-2) pp. 230-232. ISSN 1878-5883 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2014.02.038 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

Co-authors: Tettey P; Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Blizzard L

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2014Knippenberg S, Damoiseaux J, Bol Y, Hupperts R, Taylor BV, et al., 'Higher levels of reported sun exposure, and not vitamin D status, are associated with less depressive symptoms and fatigue in multiple sclerosis', Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 129, (2) pp. 123-131. ISSN 0001-6314 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ane.12155 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Simpson S

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2014Kimlin MG, Lucas RM, Harrison SL, van der Mei I, Armstrong BK, et al., 'The contributions of solar ultraviolet radiation exposure and other determinants to serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations in Australian adults: The AusD study', American Journal of Epidemiology, 179, (7) pp. 864-874. ISSN 1476-6256 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwt446 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 48

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2014Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Burrows J, Burrows S, Dwyer DE, et al., 'EBV & HHV6 reactivation is infrequent and not associated with MS clinical course', Acta Neurologica Scandinavica, 130, (5) pp. 328-337. ISSN 0001-6314 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ane.12268 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Blizzard L; Pittas F

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2014Sun J, Lucas RM, Harrison S, van der Mei I, Armstrong BK, et al., 'The relationship between ambient ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and objectively measured personal UVR exposure dose is modified by season and latitude', Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 13, (12) pp. 1711-1718. ISSN 1474-905X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1039/c4pp00322e [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

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2014Sun J, Lucas RM, Harrison SL, van der Mei I, Whiteman DC, et al., 'Measuring exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation using a dosimetric technique: understanding participant compliance issues', Photochemistry and Photobiology, 90, (4) pp. 919-924. ISSN 0031-8655 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/php.12265 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5

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2014Tettey P, Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Blizzard L, Ponsonby A-L, et al., 'An adverse lipid profile is associated with disability and progression in disability, in people with MS', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 20, (13) pp. 1737-1744. ISSN 1477-0970 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458514533162 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Tettey P; Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Blizzard L

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2014Lin R, Taylor BV, Simpson Jr S, Charlesworth J, Ponsonby A-L, et al., 'Association between multiple sclerosis risk-associated SNPs and relapse and disability - a prospective cohort study', Multiple Sclerosis, 20, (3) pp. 313-321. ISSN 1352-4585 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458513496882 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Simpson Jr S; Charlesworth J; Pittas F

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2014Tettey P, Simpson Jr S, Taylor BV, van der Mei IAF, 'Vascular comorbidities in the onset and progression of multiple sclerosis', Journal of The Neurological Sciences, 347, (1-2) pp. 23-33. ISSN 0022-510X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2014.10.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Tettey P; Simpson Jr S; Taylor BV

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2014Tettey P, Van der Mei IAF, 'Lipids in multiple sclerosis: adverse lipid profiles, disability and disease progression', Clinical Lipidology, 9, (5) pp. 473-475. ISSN 1758-4299 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.2217/clp.14.41 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tettey P

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2014Zhou Y, Simpson Jr S, Holloway AF, Charlesworth J, van der Mei I, et al., 'The potential role of epigenetic modifications in the heritability of multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 20, (2) pp. 135-140. ISSN 1352-4585 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458514520911 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 20

Co-authors: Zhou Y; Simpson Jr S; Holloway AF; Charlesworth J; Taylor BV

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2014van der Mei I, 'Challenges, lessons and new ways of communicating epidemiology', Australasian Epidemiologist, 21, (1) pp. 3-4. ISSN 1327-8835 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2014van der Mei IAF, Otahal P, Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Winzenberg T, 'Meta-analyses to investigate gene-environment interactions in neuroepidemiology', Neuroepidemiology, 42, (1) pp. 39-49. ISSN 0251-5350 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1159/000355439 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Otahal P; Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Winzenberg T

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2014Lin R, Taylor BV, Simpson Jr S, Charlesworth J, Ponsonby A-L, et al., 'Novel modulating effects of PKC family genes on the relationship between serum vitamin D and relapse in multiple sclerosis', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 85, (4) pp. 399-404. ISSN 0022-3050 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2013-305245 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Taylor BV; Simpson Jr S; Charlesworth J; Pittas F

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2013Brodie AM, Lucas RM, Harrison SL, van der Mei IAF, Armstrong B, et al., 'The AusD Study: A Population-based Study of the Determinants of Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration Across a Broad Latitude Range', American Journal of Epidemiology, 177, (9) pp. 894-903. ISSN 0002-9262 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aje/kws322 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 15

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2013Disanto G, Hall C, Lucas R, Ponsonby A-L, Berlanga-Taylor AJ, et al., 'Assessing interactions between HLA-DRB1*15 and infectious mononucleosis on the risk of multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis, 19, (10) pp. 1355-1358. ISSN 1352-4585 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458513477231 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2013Guo S, Lucas RM, Ponsonby A-L, Chapman C, Coulthard A, et al., 'A novel approach for prediction of vitamin D status using support vector regression', PLoS One, 8, (11) Article e79970. ISSN 1932-6203 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0079970 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2013Hewer S, Lucas R, van der Mei I, Taylor BV, 'Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 20, (5) pp. 634-641. ISSN 0967-5868 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jocn.2012.10.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2013Hughes A-M, Lucas RM, McMichael AJ, Dwyer T, Pender MP, et al., 'Early-life hygiene-related factors affect risk of central nervous system demyelination and asthma differentially', Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 172, (3) pp. 466-474. ISSN 0009-9104 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cei.12077 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2013Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Dear K, Valery PC, Taylor B, et al., 'Vitamin D status: Multifactorial contribution of environment, genes and other factors in healthy Australian adults across a latitude gradient', Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 136, (13) pp. 300-308. ISSN 0960-0760 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2013.01.011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 48

Co-authors: Taylor B; Stankovich J

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2013Lucas RM, Valery P, van der Mei I, Dwyer T, Pender MP, et al., 'Sun exposure over a lifetime in Australian adults from latitudinally diverse regions', Photochemistry and Photobiology, 89, (3) pp. 737-744. ISSN 0031-8655 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/php.12044 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2013Ponsonby A-L, Lucas RM, Dear K, van der Mei I, Taylor B, et al., 'The physical anthropometry, lifestyle habits and blood pressure of people presenting with a first clinical demyelinating event compared to controls: the Ausimmune study', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, 19, (13) pp. 1717-1725. ISSN 1352-4585 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458513483887 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2013Simpson Jr S, Blizzard L, Taylor B, Tettey P, van der Mei I, 'Is your association real or just reverse causality? Some examples from analyses of multiple sclerosis clinical course and tools to assess it', Australasian Epidemiologist, 20.1 pp. 34-37. ISSN 1327-8835 (2013) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L; Taylor B; Tettey P

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2013Toi CS, Lay M-L J, Lucas R, Chew CB, Taylor J, et al., 'Varicella zoster virus quantitation in blood from symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals', Journal of Medical Virology, 85, (8) pp. 1491-1497. ISSN 0146-6615 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/jmv.23605 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2013Valery PC, Lucas RM, Williams DB, Pender MP, Chapman C, et al., 'Occupational Exposure and Risk of Central Nervous System Demyelination', American Journal of Epidemiology, 177, (9) pp. 954-961. ISSN 0002-9262 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/aje/kws361 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2013Winzenberg TM, Shaw KA, van der Mei IAF, Jones G, 'Vitamin D supplementation in infancy for improving bone density (protocol)', The Cochrane Library, (7) Article CD010658. ISSN 1469-493X (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010658 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 33

Co-authors: Winzenberg TM; Jones G

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2012Curley M, Josey L, Lucas R, Dear K, Taylor BV, et al., 'Adherence to MRI protocol consensus guidelines in multiple sclerosis: An Australian multi-centre study', Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 56, (6) pp. 594-598. ISSN 1754-9477 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1754-9485.12000 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2012Lai JKC, Lucas RM, Banks E, Ponsonby A-L, Chapman C, et al., 'Variability in vitamin D assays impairs clinical assessment of vitamin D status', Internal Medicine Journal, 42, (1) pp. 43-50. ISSN 1444-0903 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2011.02471.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 95Web of Science - 91

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2012Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, Dwyer DE, Taylor J, Blizzard L, et al., 'Anti-HHV-6 IgG titer significantly predicts subsequent relapse risk in multiple sclerosis', Multiple sclerosis journal, 18, (6) pp. 799-806. ISSN 1477-0970 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458511428081 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Taylor B; Blizzard L; Pittas F

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2012Simpson Jr S, Taylor B, van der Mei I, 'A profile of the Multiple Sclerosis Longitudinal Study: Evaluating environmental, behavioural and genetic predictors of clinical outcomes in multiple sclerosis', Australasian Epidemiologist, 19, (2) pp. 33-37. ISSN 1327-8835 (2012) [Non Refereed Article]

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2012Stewart N, Simpson Jr S, van der Mei I, Ponsonby A-L, Blizzard L, et al., 'Interferon-β and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D interact to modulate relapse risk in MS', Neurology, 79, (3) pp. 254-260. ISSN 0028-3878 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31825fded9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 56Web of Science - 49

Co-authors: Stewart N; Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L; Pittas F; Taylor BV

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2012Van der Mei IAF, Dore D, Winzenberg T, Blizzard L, Jones G, 'Vitamin D deficiency in Tasmania: A whole of life perspective', Internal Medicine Journal, 42, (10) pp. 1137-1144. ISSN 1444-0903 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02788.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Dore D; Winzenberg T; Blizzard L; Jones G

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2012Winzenberg T, van der Mei I, Mason R, Nowson C, Jones G, 'Reply: Vitamin D supplementation', Australian Family Physician, 41, (5) pp. 263-264. ISSN 0300-8495 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2012Winzenberg T, van der Mei I, Mason RS, Nowson C, Jones G, 'Vitamin D and the musculoskeletal health of older adults', Australian Family Physician, 41, (3) pp. 92-99. ISSN 0300-8495 (2012) [Refereed Article]

PMID: 22396920 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Winzenberg T; Jones G

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2012Wood B, van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Pittas F, Quinn S, et al., 'Prevalence and concurrence of anxiety, depression and fatigue over time in multiple sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis, 19, (2) pp. 217-224. ISSN 1352-4585 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458512450351 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 101Web of Science - 82

Co-authors: Wood B; Pittas F; Taylor BV

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2012Ponsonby AL, Lucas RM, van der Mei IA, Dear K, Valery PC, et al., 'Offspring number, pregnancy, and risk of a first clinical demyelinating event: The AusImmune Study', Neurology, 78, (12) pp. 867-874. ISSN 0028-3878 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31824c4648 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 56

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2011Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Dear K, Valery P, Pender MP, et al., 'Current and past Epstein-Barr virus infection in risk of initial CNS demyelination', Neurology, 77, (4) pp. 371-379. ISSN 0028-3878 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318227062a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 54Web of Science - 50

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2011Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Dear K, Valery PC, Pender MP, et al., 'Sun exposure and vitamin D are independent risk factors for CNS demyelination', Neurology, 76, (6) pp. 540-548 . ISSN 0028-3878 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31820af93d [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 190Web of Science - 170

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2011Simpson Jr S, Blizzard L, Otahal P, Van der Mei I, Taylor B, 'Latitude is significantly associated with the prevalence of multiple sclerosis: a meta-analysis', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 82, (10) pp. 1132-1141. ISSN 0022-3050 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.2011.240432 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 291Web of Science - 251

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Blizzard L; Otahal P; Taylor B

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2011Simpson S, Pittas F, van der Mei I, Blizzard L, Ponsonby AL, et al., 'Trends in the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis in Greater Hobart, Tasmania: 1951 to 2009', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 82, (2) pp. 180-187. ISSN 0022-3050 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.2010.215186 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 27

Co-authors: Simpson S; Pittas F; Blizzard L; Taylor B

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2011Van der Walt A, Stankovich J, Bahlo M, Taylor BV, Van der Mei IAF, et al., 'Heterogeneity at the HLA-DRB1 allelic variation locus does not influence multiple sclerosis disease severity, brain atrophy or cognition ', Multiple Sclerosis, 17, (3) pp. 344-352. ISSN 1352-4585 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458510389101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Stankovich J; Taylor BV; Foote SJ

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2011Hughes AM, Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Chapman C, Coulthard A, et al., 'The role of latitude, ultraviolet radiation exposure and vitamin D in childhood asthma and hayfever: an Australian multicenter study ', Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, 22, (Epub ahead of print 30 September 2010) pp. 327-333. ISSN 0905-6157 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3038.2010.01099.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 62Web of Science - 61

Co-authors: Taylor BV

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2010Jensen CJ, Stankovich J, Van der Walt A, Bahlo M, Taylor BV, et al., 'Multiple Sclerosis Susceptibility-Associated SNPs Do Not Influence Disease Severity Measures in a Cohort of Australian MS Patients', P L o S One, 5, (4) EJ ISSN 1932-6203 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Stankovich J; Taylor BV; Foote SJ

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2010Simon KC, van der Mei IAF, Munger KL, Ponsonby A, Dickinson J, et al., 'Combined effects of smoking, anti-EBNA antibodies, and HLA-DRB1*1501 on multiple sclerosis risk', Neurology, 74, (17) pp. 1365-1371. ISSN 0028-3878 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181dad57e [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 103Web of Science - 92

Co-authors: Ponsonby A; Dickinson J; Dwyer T

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2010Simpson S, Taylor B, Blizzard L, Ponsonby AL, Pittas F, et al., 'Higher 25-hydroxyvitamin D Is Associated with Lower Relapse Risk in Multiple Sclerosis', Annals of Neurology, 68, (2) pp. 193-203. ISSN 0364-5134 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ana.22043 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 294Web of Science - 267

Co-authors: Simpson S; Taylor B; Blizzard L; Pittas F

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2010Taylor BV, Lucas RM, Dear K, Kilpatrick TJ, Pender MP, et al., 'Latitudinal variation in incidence and type of first central nervous system demyelinating events', Multiple Sclerosis, 16, (4) pp. 398-405. ISSN 1352-4585 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458509359724 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 65Web of Science - 57

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2010van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Taylor BV, Stankovich J, Dickinson JL, et al., 'Human Leukocyte Antigen-DR15, Low Infant Sibling Exposure and Multiple Sclerosis: Gene-Environment Interaction', Annals of Neurology, 67, (2) pp. 261-265. ISSN 0364-5134 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ana.21849 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Taylor BV; Stankovich J; Dickinson JL; Foote S; Dwyer T

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2010Lay ML, Lucas RM, Ratnamohan M, Taylor J, Ponsonby AL, et al., 'Measurement of Epstein-Barr virus DNA load using a novel quantification standard containing two EBV DNA targets and SYBR Green I dye ', Virology Journal, 7, (252) EJ ISSN 1743-422X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/1743-422X-7-252 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Taylor B

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2009Dickinson JL, Perera DI, van der Mei AF, Ponsonby AL, Polanowski AM, et al., 'Past environmental sun exposure and risk of multiple sclerosis: a role for the Cdx-2 Vitamin D receptor variant in this interaction ', Multiple Sclerosis, 15, (5) pp. 563-570. ISSN 1352-4585 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458509102459 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 56

Co-authors: Dickinson JL; Perera DI; Ponsonby AL; Polanowski AM; Thomson RJ; Taylor BV; Stankovich J; Dwyer T

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2009Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Dear K, Taylor BV, Dwyer T, et al., 'Associations between Silicone Skin Cast Score, Cumulative Sun Exposure, and Other Factors in the Ausimmune Study: A Multicenter Australian Study ', Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 18, (11) pp. 2887-2894. ISSN 1055-9965 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 35

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2009Pittas F, Ponsonby AL, Van der Mei IAF, Taylor BVM, Blizzard CL, et al., 'Smoking is associated with progressive disease course and increased progression in clinical disability in a prospective cohort of people with multiple sclerosis ', Journal of Neurology: Official Journal of The European Neurological Society, 256, (4) pp. 577-585. ISSN 0340-5354 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00415-009-0120-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 84Web of Science - 77

Co-authors: Pittas F; Ponsonby AL; Taylor BVM; Blizzard CL; Groom PS; Dwyer T

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2009van der Walt A, Stankovich J, Bahlo M, Taylor BV, van der Mei IAF, et al., 'Apolipoprotein genotype does not influence MS severity, cognition, or brain atrophy', Neurology, 73, (13) pp. 1018-1025. ISSN 0028-3878 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181b9c85e [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 28

Co-authors: Stankovich J; Taylor BV; Foote SJ

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2008Butzkueven H, Kolbe SC, Jolley DJ, Brown JY, Cook MJ, et al., 'Validation of linear cerebral atrophy markers in multiple sclerosis', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 15, (2) pp. 130-137. ISSN 0967-5868 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/jjocn.2007.02.089 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Groom PS; Taylor BVM

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2008Dwyer T, Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Taylor BVM, Stankovich J, et al., 'Melanocortin 1 receptor genotype, past environmental sun exposure, and risk of multiple sclerosis', Neurology, 71, (8) pp. 583-589. ISSN 0028-3878 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000323928.57408.93 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 33

Co-authors: Dwyer T; Ponsonby AL; Taylor BVM; Stankovich J; Thomson Russell; Polanowski AM; Dickinson JL

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2008Tremlett H, Van der Mei IAF, Pittas F, Blizzard CL, Paley GA, et al., 'Monthly ambient sunlight, infections and relapse rates in multiple sclerosis', Neuroepidemiology, 31, (4) pp. 271-279. ISSN 0251-5350 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1159/000166602 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 106Web of Science - 97

Co-authors: Pittas F; Blizzard CL; Paley GA; Mesaros D; Wood-Baker R; Nunez M; Dwyer T; Taylor BVM; Ponsonby AL

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2008Wray BN, Stankovich J, Whittock LD, Dwyer T, Ponsonby AL, et al., 'CTLA-4 and multiple sclerosis: The A49G single nucleotide polymorphism shows no association with multiple sclerosis in a Southern Australian population', Journal of Neuroimmunology, 196, (1-2) pp. 139-142. ISSN 0165-5728 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2008.02.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Wray BN; Stankovich J; Whittock LD; Taylor BVM; Dickinson JL; Foote SJ; McMorran BJ

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2008Tremlett H, Van der Mei IAF, Pittas F, Blizzard CL, Paley GA, et al., 'Adherence to the immunomodulatory drugs for multiple sclerosis: contrasting factors affect stopping drug and missing doses', Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 17, (6) pp. 565-576. ISSN 1053-8569 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/pds.1593 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 49Web of Science - 49

Co-authors: Pittas F; Blizzard CL; Paley GA; Taylor BVM

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2007Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, McMichael AJ, Van der Mei IAF, Chapman C, et al., 'Observational analytic studies in multiple sclerosis: controlling bias through study design and conduct. The Australian Multicentre Study of Environment and Immune Function', Multiple Sclerosis, 13, (7) pp. 827-839. ISSN 1352-4585 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1352458507077174 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 33

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Taylor BVM

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2007Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Taylor BV, et al., 'Vitamin D levels in people with multiple sclerosis and community controls in Tasmania, Australia', Journal of Neurology, 254, (5) pp. 581-590. ISSN 0340-5354 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00415-006-0315-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 230Web of Science - 206

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BV

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2007Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Engelsen O, Pasco JA, McGrath JJ, et al., 'The High Prevalence of Vitamin D Insufficiency across Australian Populations Is Only Partly Explained by Season and Latitude', Environmental Health Perspectives, 115, (8) pp. 1132-1139. ISSN 0091-6765 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1289/ehp.9937 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 169Web of Science - 155

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Blizzard CL; Dwyer T; Jones G

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2007Stewart NJ, Taylor BVM, Ponsonby AL, Pittas F, Van der Mei IAF, et al., 'The effect of season on cytokine expression in multiple sclerosis and healthy subjects', Journal of Neuroimmunology, 188, (1-2) pp. 181-186. ISSN 0165-5728 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jneuroim.2007.06.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Stewart NJ; Taylor BVM; Ponsonby AL; Pittas F; Woods GM; Walters EH

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2006Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Van der Mei IAF, Kemp A, Blizzard CL, et al., 'Asthma onset prior to multiple sclerosis and the contribution of sibling exposure in early life', Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 146, (3) pp. 463-470. ISSN 0009-9104 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2249.2006.03235.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BVM

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2006Van der Mei IAF, Blizzard CL, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, 'Validity and reliability of adult recall of past sun exposure in a case-control study of multiple sclerosis', Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 15, (8) pp. 1538-1544. ISSN 1055-9965 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-05-0969 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 76Web of Science - 72

Co-authors: Blizzard CL

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2005Ponsonby AL, Lucas R, Van der Mei IAF, 'UVR, vitamin D and three autoimmune diseases - multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis', Photochemistry and Photobiology, 81, (6) pp. 1267-1275. ISSN 0031-8655 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1562/2005-02-15-IR-441 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 142Web of Science - 135

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL

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2005Ponsonby AL, Van der Mei IAF, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Taylor BV, et al., 'Birth order, infection in early life, and multiple sclerosis', The Lancet Neurology, 4, (12) pp. 793-794. ISSN 1474-4422 (2005) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1016/S1474-4422(05)70233-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BV

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2005Ponsonby AL, Van der Mei IAF, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Taylor BVM, et al., 'Exposure to infant siblings during early life and risk of multiple sclerosis: reply to Ruprecht and Peron', Journal of the American Medical Association, 293, (17) pp. 2089-2090. ISSN 0098-7484 (2005) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1001/jama.293.17.2089-a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BVM

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2005Ponsonby AL, Van der Mei IAF, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Taylor BVM, et al., 'Exposure to infant siblings during early life and risk of multiple sclerosis', Journal of the American Medical Association, 293, (4) pp. 463-469. ISSN 0098-7484 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1001/jama.293.4.463 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 120Web of Science - 101

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BVM

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2004Simmons R, Ponsonby AL, Van der Mei IAF, Sheridan P, 'What affects your MS? Responses to an anonymous, Internet-based epidemiological survey', Multiple Sclerosis, 10, (2) pp. 202-211. ISSN 1352-4585 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1191/1352458504ms1006oa [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 47

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL

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2003Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Simmons R, et al., 'Past exposure to sun, skin phenotype, and risk of multiple sclerosis: case-control study', British Medical Journal, 327, (7410) pp. 316-320. ISSN 0959-535X (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/bmj.327.7410.316 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 396Web of Science - 331

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BVM

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2003Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Simmons RF, et al., 'Past sun exposure, skin phenotype and risk of multiple sclerosis: a case-control study', Epidemiology, 14, (5) pp. S113-S114. ISSN 1044-3983 (2003) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1097/00001648-200309001-00275 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL

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2002Ponsonby AL, McMichael A, Van der Mei IAF, 'Ultraviolet radiation and autoimmune disease: insights from epidemiological research', Toxicology, 181-182 pp. 71-78. ISSN 0300-483X (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0300-483X(02)00257-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 161Web of Science - 141

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL

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2002Rubio J, Bahlo M, Butzkueven H, Van der Mei IAF, Sale MM, et al., 'Genetic dissection of the human leukocyte antigen region by use of haplotypes of Tasmanians with multiple sclerosis', American Journal of Human Genetics, 70, (5) pp. 1125-1137. ISSN 0002-9297 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/339932 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 77Web of Science - 69

Co-authors: Sale MM; Dickinson JL; Groom PS; Taylor BVM; Dwyer T; Foote SJ

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2002Van der Mei IAF, Blizzard CL, Stankovich J, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, 'Misclassification due to body hair and seasonal variation on melanin density estimates for skin type using spectrophotometry', Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, B: Biology, 68, (1) pp. 45-52. ISSN 1011-1344 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S1011-1344(02)00331-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Blizzard CL; Stankovich J; Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T

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2001Ponsonby AL, McMichael T, Van der Mei IAF, 'Ultraviolet radiation and autoimmune disease: insights from epidemiological research', Toxicology, 164, (1-3) pp. 6. ISSN 0300-483X (2001) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2001Van der Mei IAF, 'The Tasmanian Multiple Sclerosis Program', Australasian Epidemiologist, 8 pp. 41-42. ISSN 1327-8835 (2001) [Non Refereed Article]

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2001Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Blizzard CL, Dwyer T, 'Regional variation in multiple sclerosis prevalence in Australia and its association with ambient ultraviolet radiation', Neuroepidemiology, 20, (3) pp. 168-174. ISSN 0251-5350 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1159/000054783 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 167Web of Science - 151

Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Blizzard CL; Dwyer T

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1998Van der Mei IAF, de Boer EM, Bruynzeel DP, 'Contact dermatitis in alstroemeria workers', Occupational Medicine, 48, (6) pp. 397-404. ISSN 0962-7480 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/occmed/48.6.397 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 8

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Review

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Lin R, Charlesworth J, van der Mei I, Taylor BV, 'The genetics of multiple sclerosis', Practical Neurology, 12, (5) pp. 279-288. ISSN 1474-7758 (2012) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1136/practneurol-2012-000276 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23

Co-authors: Charlesworth J; Taylor BV

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2011Simpson Jr S, Greenhill K, Van der Mei I, Stankovich J, Charlesworth J, et al., 'The Varied Mechanisms of Vitamin D in the Onset and Clinical Course of MS: Potential Roles in Modulating Other Etiological Pathways', Current Medical Literature. Neurology, 27, (1) pp. 1-14. (2011) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Greenhill K; Stankovich J; Charlesworth J; Taylor BVM

2011Van der Mei IAF, Simpson JR S, Knippenberg S, Winzenberg T, Taylor BV, 'Role of vitamin D in multiple sclerosis: implications for disease management', Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 1, (6) pp. 523-536. (2011) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.2217/NMT.11.59 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Simpson JR S; Winzenberg T; Taylor BV

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2011Van der Mei IAF, Simpson Jr S, Stankovich J, Taylor BV, 'Individual and Joint Action of Environmental Factors and Risk of MS', Neurologic Clinics , 29, (2) pp. 233-255. (2011) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ncl.2010.12.007 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Simpson Jr S; Stankovich J; Taylor BV

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2010Van der Mei IAF, Dore D, 'Vitamin D supplementation in infants', Report for the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services (2010) [Substantial Review]

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Co-authors: Dore D

2002Ponsonby AL, McMichael A, Van der Mei IAF, 'Ultraviolet radiation and autoimmune disease: insights from epidemiological research', Toxicology, 27, (181-182) pp. 71-78. (2002) [Substantial Review]

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Conference Publication

(18 outputs)
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2017Ayton J, van der Mei I, Wills K, Hansen E, Nelson M, 'Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding: Australian Cross-Sectional Survey', International conference: Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood, 12 - 14 June, Grange Over Sands, Cumbria, UK (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ayton J; Wills K; Hansen E; Nelson M

2017Honan CA, Turner C, van der Mei I, Edwin L, 'Cognitive fatigue in multiple sclerosis: Do self-reports of fatigue correspond with actual reductions in cognitive performance over a single testing session?', 40th Annual Australian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Brain Impairment Conference, June 2017, Melbourne (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Honan CA

2017Ayton JE, van der Mei I, Wills KE, Hansen EC, Nelson MR, 'Cessation of exclusive breastfeeding; Australian cross-sectional survey', 2017 Nutrition and Nurture Conference (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ayton JE; Wills KE; Hansen EC; Nelson MR

2016Ahmad H, van der Mei I, Taylor B, Palmer AJ, 'PND13 - Assessing Health-State Utility Values in Australian People with Multiple Sclerosis', Value in Health, pp. A875, 19 (7). (2016) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.08.342 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ahmad H; Taylor B; Palmer AJ

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2016Palmer AJ, Taylor B, Van der Mei I, Si L, Ahmad H, 'CU3 - Life Expectancy, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, and Total Lifetime Costs for Australian People with Multiple Sclerosis', Value in Health, pp. A808, 19 (7). (2016) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jval.2016.08.722 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Palmer AJ; Taylor B; Si L; Ahmad H

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2015Zhou Y, Zhu GA, Nyholt DR, Charlesworth JC, Simpson JR Steve, et al., 'Multiple Quantitative Trait Loci for Anti-EBNA-1 IgG Titres are Associated with Risk of Multiple Sclerosis', Multiple Sclerosis Journal, pp. 810. ISSN 1352-4585 (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Zhou Y; Zhu GA; Nyholt DR; Charlesworth JC; Simpson JR Steve; Taylor BVM

2010Lucas RM, Ponsonby AL, Burrows J, Chapman C, Coulthard A, et al., 'Epstein Barr viral infection and onset of central nervous system demyelination', Sage Publications Ltd, June, San Antonio, TX, pp. Vol. 16 (8) 1007. (2010) [Conference Edited]

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2010Ponsonby AL, Lucas RM, Van der Mei IAF, Dear K, Taylor BVM, et al., 'Investigation of the role of pregnancy and exposure to biological children in the onset of central nervous system demyelination', Sage Publications Ltd, June, San Antonio, TX, pp. Vol 16 (8) p.1007-1008 . (2010) [Conference Edited]

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2009van der Walt A, Stankovich J, Bahlo M, Taylor BVM, Van der Mei IAF, et al., 'The HLA-DR2 genotype does not affect MS severity, cognition or brain atrophy', Sage Publications Ltd, 9-12 September, Dusseldorf, Germany, pp. Vol 15 (9) p.183. (2009) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Stankovich J; Taylor BVM; Foote SJ

2008Lucas R, Taylor BVM, Ponsonby AL, Chapman C, Coulthard A, et al., 'Latitudinal variation in incidence of first demyclinating events: descriptive analyses of case participants in the Ausimmune Study', Sage Publications Ltd, 17-20 September, Montreal, Canada, pp. Vol 14 (1) S190-S191. (2008) [Conference Edited]

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2008Simon KC, Van der Mei IAF, Munger KL, Ponsonby AL, Dickinson JL, et al., 'Smoking as an independent risk factor for multiple sclerosis: considering possible combined effects with the human leukocyte antigen DR15 genotype and anti-EBNA antibody titers', Sage Publications Ltd, 17-20 September, Montreal, Canada, pp. Vol 14 (1) p,200. (2008) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dickinson JL; Dwyer T

2008Tremlett H, Van der Mei IAF, Pittas F, Blizzard L, Paley GA, et al., 'Monthly ambient sunlight, vitamin D, infections and relapse rates in multiple sclerosis', Sage Publications Ltd, 17-20 September, Montreal, Canada, pp. Vol 14 (1) 203-204. (2008) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Pittas F; Blizzard L; Paley GA; Meszaros D; Wood-Baker R; Nunez M; Taylor BVM; Ponsonby AL

2008Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Taylor BVM, Stankovich J, Dickinson JL, et al., 'A potentiation of the adverse effect of human leukocyte antigen-DR15 on the risk of multiple sclerosis by low infant sibling exposure: a population based case-control study', Sage Publications Ltd, 17-20 September, Montreal, Canada, pp. Vol 14 (1) S201-S202. (2008) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Taylor BVM; Stankovich J; Dickinson JL; Foote SJ

2008van der Walt A, Stankovich J, Bahlo M, Taylor BVM, Van der Mei IAF, et al., 'Apolipoprotein E4 genotype does not influence multiple sclerosis phenotype, severity, cognition or brain atrophy in a large Australian cohort', Sage Publications Ltd, 17-20 September, Montreal, Canada, pp. Vol 14 (1) S204. (2008) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Stankovich J; Taylor BVM; Foote SJ

2007Tremlett H, Van der Mei IAF, Pittas F, Blizzard L, Paley GA, et al., 'Who's missing out? Pharmionics and the immunomodulatory therapies for MS', Sage Publications, 11-14 October, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. Vol 13 (2) p.S47. (2007) [Conference Edited]

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Co-authors: Pittas F; Blizzard L; Paley GA; Taylor BVM

2005Foote SJ, Rubio JP, Bahlo M, Kilpatrick TJ, Speed TP, et al., 'Multiple Sclerosis: a haplotype association study', Novartis Foundation Symposium, 2005, pp. 31-39. (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Foote SJ; Stankovich J; Taylor BVM; Sale MM; Dickinson JL; Groom PS

2003Van der Mei IAF, Ponsonby AL, Dwyer T, Blizzard CL, Simmons R, et al., 'Past sun exposure, skin phenotype and risk of multiple sclerosis: a case-control study', 15th Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, 24-26 September 2003, Perth, Australia (2003) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Taylor BV

2002Ponsonby AL, McMichael AJ, Van der Mei IAF, 'Ultraviolet radiation and organ-specific auto-immune disease: insights form epidemiological research', Procedings of UVR Meeting, National Institute of Water and Air Quality, Christchurch New Zealand, March 2002, Christchurch (2002) [Conference Extract]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Van der Mei IAF, 'The Role of Sun Exposure in Multiple Sclerosis' (2005) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Van der Mei IAF, 'How to safely get your daily vitamin D dose. Detailed information for the Tasmanian population', Brochure for the Tasmanian population (long version) , Cancer Council Tasmania (2011) [Award]

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2011Van der Mei IAF, 'How to safely get your daily vitamin D dose', Brochure for the Tasmanian population (long version), Cancer Council Tasmania (2011) [Award]

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2008Van der Mei IAF, 'Information Sheet', Brochure for the Tasmanian population (short version), Cancer Council Tasmania (2008) [Award]

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2008Van der Mei IAF, 'Information on Vitamin D levels for People with Multiple Sclerosis', Brochure aimed at people with MS (2008) [Award]

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2008Van der Mei IAF, 'Vitamin D deficiency linked to MS and other diseases', InTouch, Magazine for MS Society NSW/VIC (2008) [Magazine Article]

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2008Van der Mei IAF, Winzenberg TM, Jones G, 'Vitamin D deficiency in Tasmania and its treatment', GP Division Newsletter (2008) [Magazine Article]

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Co-authors: Winzenberg TM; Jones G

2000Van der Mei IAF, 'MS Environmental Study', ABC Radio, Tasmania, 20/12/2000 (2000) [Media Interview]

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1999Van der Mei IAF, 'Public Forum: Dispelling the myths of MS', 7ZR Radio, Tasmania, 19 May (1999) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

In total, A/Prof van der Mei has received >$5.7M in funding. Large grants that are running include a NHMRC grant for the AusLong study ($969,317 NHMRC; $689,575; NHMRC) and MS Research Australia ($140,000; Case-control study in Primary Progressive MS). Other past grants include $1.1M for the AusD study (NHMRC); $258,000 from NHMRC (CIA) on the role of EBV and HHV-6 in MS disease activity, and funding from MS Research Australia to examine the role of lipids in the progression of MS (CIA).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

38

Total funding

$9,292,889

Projects

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) WorkSmart program: A novel online program to assist people living with MS in the workforce (2018 - 2020)$300,000
Description
Nearly half ($494M) of the total cost of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) ($1.04 billion a year) in Australia is due to sickness absence and early retirement. A large societal cost saving can be made by assisting people with MS to maintain their employment and reduce difficulties associated with their employment. Further, this will have financial benefits for people with MS, as well as improve their overall quality of life. Despite a clear need, there are currently no self-management interventions specifically for people with MS in the workforce. In this project we propose to complete the development and undertake a feasibility study of the MS WorkSmart Program. MS WorkSmart is an online cognitive behaviour therapy self-management program with telephone support accessible on different devices. MS WorkSmart guides a person with MS through six modules over 13-15 weeks, using quizzes, videos and homework activities to assist the learning of strategies that can be applied to their working and daily lives for optimal MS management. The program is being developed together with people with MS and other stakeholders using focus groups and iterative feedback. It is underpinned by cognitive behavioural theory, is embedded in the literature and specifically designed for people with MS who are in the workforce. People will be assisted with telephone-delivered psychological support.
Funding
IOOF Foundation ($300,000)
Scheme
Donation - Individual
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Scott JL; de Salas KL; Honan CA; Taylor BVM; Sanderson Kristy; Thomas S; Thomas P
Period
2018 - 2020
WorkSmart Project (2018 - 2019)$100,000
Description
Nearly half ($494M) of the total cost of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) ($1.04 billion a year) in Australia is due to sickness absence andearly retirement. A large societal cost saving can be made by assisting people with MS to maintain their employment and reduce difficulties associatedwith their employment. Further, this will have financial benefits for people with MS, as well as improve their overall quality of life. Despite a clear need,there are currently no self-management interventions specifically for people with MS in the workforce. In this project we propose to complete thedevelopment and undertake a feasibility study of the MS WorkSmart Program. MS WorkSmart is an online cognitive behaviour therapy selfmanagementprogram with telephone support accessible on different devices. MS WorkSmart guides a person with MS through six modules over 13-15weeks, using quizzes, videos and homework activities to assist the learning of strategies that can be applied to their working and daily lives foroptimal MS management. The program is being developed together with people with MS and other stakeholders using focus groups and iterativefeedback. It is underpinned by cognitive behavioural theory, is embedded in the literature and specifically designed for people with MS who are in theworkforce. People will be assisted with telephone-delivered psychological support.In this project we will develop the online intervention and conduct a feasibility study on 40 people with MS. The feasibility study will address keyelements that are essential prior to conducting a fully powered randomised controlled trial
Funding
MSWA ($100,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Scott JL; de Salas KL
Period
2018 - 2019
inforMS- a new patient-driven health care model for MS (2017 - 2018)$42,750
Description
The project aims:Stage 1: Completion of the inforMS prototypeData visualisation of existing research data (overview, basic tracking over time (outcomes/medications/behaviours); filtering (comparisons with grouped data).Patient involvement and feedbackModify the existing prototype to incorporate the suggested improvements and feedback.Stage 2: Work towards the completion of the full inforMS platformPlan for the addition of a Data Collection System: This allows patients to enter data in their own time and frequency.Set up the integration with MSBase (an international database operating in over 72 countries, where neurologists continually upload patients clinical data).
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($42,750)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Taylor BVM
Period
2017 - 2018
Economic Impact of MS - 2007 cost of illness data AMSLS - PPMS sub-analysis (2017)$49,379
Description
Based on the published report Economic Impact of Multiple Sclerosis in 2010 Australian MS Longitudinal Study (AMSLS) Roche is interested in cost and utility data collected from patients with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) only.Despite the type of MS not specifically being captured in the 2007 Cost Diary, 39 people with PPMS could be identified by matching participants with a more recent data collection.Roche is seeking Australian, PPMS-specific cost and utility data to inform a PBAC submission lodged in March 2017. A sub-analysis of the data presented in the 2010 report for PPMS patients only was identified as a viable data source to inform the PBAC submission. ObjectivePPMS-specific cost and utility data from the 2010 AMSLS analysis (2007 Cost Diary) categorised for applicability in a PBAC submission.Cost and utility data reported per EDSSResults available six weeks from the date of the fully signed contract.
Funding
Roche Products Pty Ltd ($49,379)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Palmer AJ; Taylor BVM
Year
2017
inforMS - a new patient-driven health care model for MS (2017)$28,245
Description
The project aims:Stage 1: Completion of the inforMS prototypeIncludes data visualisation of existing research data (overview, basic tracking over time (outcomes/medications/behaviours); filtering (comparisons with grouped data).Patient involvement and feedbackStage 2: Completion of the full inforMS platformAdd a Data Collection System: This allows patients to enter data in their own time and frequency.Integration with MSBase (an international database operating in over 72 countries, where neurologists continually upload patients clinical data).Perform process evaluation with patients and neurologists/MS nurses to ensure good usability and optimal benefits.
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($28,245)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Taylor BVM
Year
2017
Economic Impact of MS in Australia Report (2018) (2017 - 2018)$169,000
Description
Study to estimate the prevalence of MS in Australia;Data entry and data cleaning of 2016 AMSLS Cost Diaries;Analysis of the cost of illness data based on the AMSLS economic impact baseline surveys and cost diaries the analysis will include both direct and indirect costs of MS.An analysis of impact on utility/quality of life;Comparison of results with the 2005 and 2011 Economic Impact reports;Production of a final presentation Report to include:1.An overview of MS2.Prevalence of MS3.Healthcare costs and indirect costs (including lost productivity)4.Quality of life for those affected by MSProject to be conducted and completed with reference to and in accordance with the 2017 Economic Impact Report Terms of Reference and Merck Grant agreement with MS Research Australia
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($169,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Palmer AJ; Taylor BVM
Period
2017 - 2018
What predicts the progressive phase of multiple sclerosis? (2017 - 2021)$1,791,343
Description
We have made major gains in our understanding of what causes MS. What has proven to be far more difficult is understanding the drivers ofdisability progression and conversion to progressive MS. The onset of progression heralds the accumulation of irreversible disability and is acritical time point to a person with MS. This grant aims to determine the lifestyle, environmental, genetic and epigenetic drivers of MSprogression, using an internationally unique Australian MS longitudinal cohort.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($1,791,343)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taylor BVM; Scott RJ; van der Mei IAF; Lucas R; Ponsonby A; Lechner-Scott J; Lea R; Fox A; Broadley SA; Shaw C
Period
2017 - 2021
Grant Reference
1127819
Australian MS Longitudinal Study and MSBase Data Linkage program (2016)$15,000
Description
This project is part of the Australian MS Longitudinal Study (AMSLS)Aims:Obtain consent from AMSLS participants and their treating neurologists for and AMSLS-MSBase data linkage.Increase the participation numbers in both studies by conducting a dual recruitment drive for both AMSLS and MSBase in order to increase the number of participants in both. Develop the data linkage system
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Year
2016
AMSLS Prospective DMT analysis (2016)$62,034
Description
Compare Natalizumab (Tysabri) to other disease modifying therapies (DMTs) in relation to employment outcomes, MS symptom severity and patient-reported disability and progression.
Funding
Biogen Australia Pty Ltd ($62,034)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Year
2016
Does treating multiple sclerosis alter long-term disease outcomes? a natural history study (2016 - 2017)$180,000
Description
A natural history study of MS outcomes between a treated (Australian) versus untreated NZ population to study the long-term effects of MS disease modifying drugs. This is a clinical epidemiological project.
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($180,000)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taylor BVM; van der Mei IAF; Palmer AJ; Blizzard CL; Butzkueven H; Simpson Jr S; Kalincik T; Carroll W; Mason D
Period
2016 - 2017
Creating an MS Portal to achieve better outcomes for people with MS (2015)$25,000
Description
The project aims to create and test a prototype of a web-based MS Portal that is beneficial for MS patients, health professionals, service delivery organisations and researchers. The project will: 1) conduct surveys and focus groups with stakeholder groups; 2) develop an ethical and logistical framework, and work through practical issues to allow the linkage of specific data sets to occur; 3) trial to set up an enduring linkage between AMSLS and MSBase; 4) design an MS Portal prototype and develop web access protocols; 5) test the MS Portal prototype with all stakeholder groups.
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($25,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Stokes BC; Hornsby H; Taylor BVM; Butzkueven H
Year
2015
DEVA MS: DEvelopment and VAlidation of a cost effectiveness simulation model for Multiple Sclerosis and implications for health policy (2015 - 2016)$160,000
Description
The number of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) is increasing dramatically in Australia, with rapidly escalating associated costs, both direct due to medical expenses and indirect due to lost or reduced employment. Existing and upcoming treatments for MS are expensive, with current prices of up to $25,000 per patient per year and rising. Using the best available data, this study will identify the treatments that are greatest value for money for the most common form of MS (relapsing-remitting MS), with a goal to reduce wastage of limited healthcare resources.
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($160,000)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Palmer AJ; Taylor BVM; van der Mei IAF; Clarke Philip; Simpson Jr S
Period
2015 - 2016
Case-control study in Primary Progressive MS: Are the risk factors the same as for people with RRMS onset and can we identify new ones? (2015 - 2016)$142,000
Description
Examining risk factors of disease by comparing cases with a disease to healthy controls has been critical in understanding the aetiology of diseases. In MS, for example, important progress has been made through the epidemiological findings that cases were more likely to have had infectious mononucleosis, have high anti-EBNA IgG titres, and have low sun exposure levels. These findings resulted in a large body of laboratory work focusing on the mechanisms behind these observations. We have previously conducted epidemiological case-control studies on MS, but the number of people with PPMS was always too low to conduct a sub-analysis to examine whether the risk factors that we identified were also important in those with PPMS. We now propose to conduct a case-control of PPMS in a very cost-effective way, by using the data already collected on a large sample of healthy controls (n=558) from the Ausimmune study. We aim to collect the same data from a sample of cases with PPMS in Australia and compare that to the controls of the Ausimmune study. Moreover, the longer-term vision is that this data will form the basis for a prospective longitudinal study, where the cases with PPMS will be followed over time, in order to examine factors that are associated with the progression of MS. This will then be important for identifying possible treatments in MS for people with PPMS. HypothesesEstablished risk factors in MS, including low sun exposure, infectious mononucleosis, smoking, high anti-EBV-EBNA IgG and HLA-DR15 genotype are associated with an increased risk of PPMS onset.Low parity, lack of younger sibling exposure and exposure to livestock are associated with an increased risk of PPMS.People with PPMS have a higher EBV DNA load in whole blood and altered EBV serology compared to people with a RRMS onset.
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($142,000)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Taylor BVM; Ponsonby A; Lucas R; Simpson Jr S; Blizzard CL
Period
2015 - 2016
Australian MS Longitudinal study (2014 - 2018)$490,230
Description
The main objectives of this project are: a) to continue the established multi-disciplinary research database for Australia with MS that will provide answers to important questions about the disease that are not able to be addressed by projects funded in the normal, relatively short cycle of research grants; b) to encourage nationwide (and international) multi-disciplinary collaboration on MS research projects, utilising valid and reliable measures that are internationally accepted and compatible wherever possible, and to lead by example in the unification of Australia's efforts to solve the various problems associated with MS; c) to reduce the cost of multi-disciplinary research on MS by provision of a large, well-characterised cohort of volunteer subjects for future studies.
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($490,230)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Taylor BVM
Period
2014 - 2018
Effect of vitamin D supplementation of the currently used dosage regime of 400 IU/d on vitamin D levels in infants (2013)$22,716
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($22,716)
Scheme
Grant-Clinical Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones Graeme; Lim B; Dargaville PA; van der Mei IAF; Winzenberg TM; Blizzard CL
Year
2013
The role of environmental and genetic factors in progression of multiple sclerosis (2013 - 2016)$945,084
Description
Much is known regarding the factors that increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. However there is little data regarding the importance of these and other factors on the rate of progression of MS. Once the diagnosis of MS is made one of the critical issues for patients and treating physicians is; what will happen now? As there are currently no established modifiable risk factors for MS progression, this project aims to delineate potentially modifiable risk factors for MS progression.
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($945,084)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taylor BVM; van der Mei IAF; Lucas R; Blizzard CL; Coulthard A; Broadley SA; Williams D; Shaw C
Period
2013 - 2016
Grant Reference
1047180
Examining the role of blood lipids and apolipoproteins on the progression of MS in a prospective clinical cohort (2013)$22,109
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($22,109)
Scheme
Grant-Clinical Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taylor BVM; van der Mei IAF; Lucas R; Kostner K; Simpson Jr S
Year
2013
The Cholecalciferol Intervention to Prevent Respiratory Infections Study (CIPRIS) (2012)$6,335
Funding
The Select Foundation ($6,335)
Scheme
Grant-Small Grants Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Simpson Jr S; Taylor BVM; Stewart NJ; van der Mei IAF; Blizzard CL
Year
2012
A double-blind randomised controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of 20,000 IU/wk cholecalciferol in reducing respiratory tract infection in a cohort of healthy young adults (2012)$22,256
Funding
Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation ($22,256)
Scheme
Grant-Clinical Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taylor BVM; Simpson Jr S; van der Mei IAF; Stewart NJ
Year
2012
Examining the role of lipids in the progression of MS in a prospective cohort study (2012 - 2013)$60,000
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($60,000)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Taylor BVM; Blizzard CL; Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Kostner K
Period
2012 - 2013
The efficacy of vitamin D supplementation in early life on bone health: Pilot of a double-blind randomized controlled trial (2012)$27,920
Funding
The Marian and EH Flack Trust ($27,920)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Gibson Robert; Winzenberg TM; Dargaville PA; Blizzard CL
Year
2012
Rising Star (2010 - 2012)$68,071
Funding
University of Tasmania ($68,071)
Scheme
Grant-Rising Stars Round 2
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Period
2010 - 2012
From risk factor analysis to translation: Multiple Sclerosis and vitamin D deficiency (2010 - 2014)$570,552
Description
This research focuses on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and population vitamin D deficiency. The MS research aims to increase the understanding of the causes of MS, identify modifiable factors of MS progression and translate findings by conducting a vitamin D supplementation trial. High quality epidemiological studies on vitamin D deficiency in healthy populations aim to develop new public health recommendations on sun exposure and vitamin D that balance risk of skin cancer and vitamin D deficiency. Both research themes have the potential to have a substantial impact on health. The proposed body of work is internationally competitive, translates results into practice and expands research capacity in MS and vitamin D research.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($570,552)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Period
2010 - 2014
Grant Reference
FT100100553
Once-off population health projects (2010)$50,000
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($50,000)
Scheme
Agreement
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Venn A; van der Mei IAF; Hansen EC; Ferguson SG; Wood-Baker R; Howes FS
Year
2010
Prognostic factors following a first episode of central nervous system demyelination suggestive of multiple sclerosis (2009 - 2011)$689,575
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($689,575)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Taylor BVM; van der Mei IAF; Lucas R; Coulthard A; Blizzard CL
Period
2009 - 2011
Grant Reference
544922
Ingrid van der Mei - Discretionary Account (2008)$10,000
Funding
Menzies Institute for Medical Research ($10,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Year
2008
Quantitative assessment of solar UV exposure for vitamin D synthesis in Australian adults (2008 - 2010)$1,116,700
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($1,116,700)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
Queensland University of Technology
Research Team
Kimlin M; Lucas R; Harrison SL; van der Mei IAF
Period
2008 - 2010
Grant Reference
497220
Effect of EBV and HHV-6 latent infection or reactivation on MS activity: a prospective clinical cohort study (2008)$258,500
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($258,500)
Scheme
Grant-Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Ponsonby AL; Taylor BVM; Dwyer D; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL
Year
2008
Grant Reference
490020
Gene-environment interaction in MS risk and progression: focus on ultraviolet radiation and Epstein-Barr virus pathways (2007 - 2010)$143,850
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($143,850)
Scheme
Fellowship-Australian Research [Part-time]
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Period
2007 - 2010
Grant Reference
435713
Proposal to visit the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston USA (2007)$3,000
Funding
Ian Potter Foundation ($3,000)
Scheme
Grant-Travel/Conference
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Year
2007
Study tour to Harvard School of Public Health, Boston (2007)$7,000
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis International Federation ($7,000)
Scheme
Grant-Du Pre Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Year
2007
Identification of Genes that Influence MS Progression by Pathways that Involve UV Exposure: a Prospective Cohort Study (2006 - 2007)$100,000
Funding
Ian Potter Foundation ($100,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF; Foote SJ; Dickinson JL; Ponsonby AL; Taylor BVM; Dwyer T; Blizzard CL
Period
2006 - 2007
Ausimmune Study (2006)$25,000
Funding
MS Society of Tasmania ($25,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
van der Mei IAF
Year
2006
A Case Control Study of Past Sun Exposure and First Demyelinating Events (2003 - 2007)$1,332,827
Funding
United States National MS Society ($1,332,827)
Scheme
Project Grant
Administered By
Australian National University
Research Team
McMichael T; Ponsonby A-L; Kilpatrick T; Dear K; Pender M; van der Mei IAF; Lucas R
Period
2003 - 2007
The Role of Personal UVR Exposure on the Clinical Course of MS: A Prospective Cohort Study (2003 - 2004)$45,000
Funding
Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation ($45,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ponsonby AL; Dwyer T; Taylor BVM; van der Mei IAF
Period
2003 - 2004
The Australian Multi-Centre Study of Environment and Immune Function (2003 - 2007)$189,413
Funding
National Multiple Sclerosis Society ($189,413)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
Australian National University
Research Team
Dwyer T; Ponsonby AL; McMichael Tony; van der Mei IAF; Dear K; Kilpatrick T; Taylor BVM; Pender M; Williams D
Period
2003 - 2007
Minolta Spectrophotometer CM-508i (2000)$12,000
Funding
National Health & Medical Research Council ($12,000)
Scheme
Grant-Equipment
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Dwyer T; Blizzard CL; Ponsonby AL; van der Mei IAF
Year
2000
Grant Reference
001579
A Case Control Study to Investigate the Contribution of Sun Exposure, Family Structure and other Environmental Factors to Multiple Sclerosis in Tasmania (1999)$10,000
Funding
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant-Investigator-Initiated Project
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ponsonby AL; Simmons RD; Dwyer T; Goff C; van der Mei IAF
Year
1999

Research Supervision

Ingrid has successfully supervised a large number of PhD, Masters and Honours students.

She has numerous opportunities available for students with a background in epidemiology, nutrition, neurology and genetics.

  • The Australian MS Longitudinal Study aims to improve the quality of life of people. A number of surveys are done on ~3000 people with MS and new hypotheses can be generated within this study that can be tested
  • The Primary Progressive MS study is a case-control study with a large amount of environmental and genetic data
  • A number of studies are available where people with MS are tracked over time (AusLong study, PPMS study (longitudinal component), AMSLS study)
  • Most of the studies have Food Frequency Questionnaire data. Students with a background in nutrition can examine whether particular foods can influence the onset and/or progression of MS
  • Genetic data is available on most studies, so there are opportunities to examine gene-environment interactions in MS

Current

6

Completed

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDAssociations Between Environmental or Behavioural Factors and Natural History of MS2013
PhDImproving the Lives of People with Multiple Sclerosis2015
PhDRisk Factors for People with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis2016
PhDHealth-Eonomic Consequences of Multiple Sclerosis in Australia2017
PhDUnderstanding the Prevalence and Impact of Comorbidities on People with Multiple Sclerosis2017
PhDSocial Cognitive Dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Interactions with Metacognitive Functioning, Executive Processes and Kynurenine Biomarkers2018

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersOn the Role of Risk-Associated Genetic Loci in Modulating Clinical Course in Multiple Sclerosis
Candidate: Gongbu Pan
2016
PhDUnderstanding Early Cessation of Exclusive Breastfeeding: A mixed method study
Candidate: Jennifer Ayton
2016
PhDThe Role of Serum Lipid Profile and Comorbidities in the Onset and Progression of Multiple Sclerosis
Candidate: Prudence Tettey
2016
PhDDissecting the Genetics Architecture of Multiple Sclerosis
Candidate: Rui Lin
2014
PhDOn the Geoepidemiology of Multiple Sclerosis and Environmental and Infectious Determinants of its Clinical Course
Candidate: Steve Lee Simpson Jr
2011