Blog contributors


Here is a list of contributors to our blog. It is not exhaustive. Contributors are those who work outside of the Barts-MS team, and have written articles for our readers. Theirs are the ‘Guest Posts’ on our blog.

To contribute to our blog, please email Beki:

Trishna Bharadia

Trishna is a multi-award winning advocate for people with multiple sclerosis and chronic illness. Diagnosed with RRMS in 2008, aged 28, she’s used her experiences to raise awareness and improve support for people affected by MS and other chronic illnesses. A full-time Spanish-English translator, in her spare time she collaborates with organisations in the UK and abroad, including charities, pharmaceutical firms and nonprofits, to help improve patient experience and engagement. She’s a writer, blogger, vlogger and inspirational/expert patient speaker, as well as advising on projects, research proposals, and diversity strategies, and is a regular contributor in the media for issues relating to MS, chronic illness and disability. She’s a patron/ambassador for several MS/disability charities and is currently a member of “The Ozone” virtual roundtable for key opinion leaders across healthcare specialities. You can follow her on Twitter @TrishnaBharadia and Facebook.

Patrick Burke

Patrick was diagnosed with RRMS in 1995 but believes his symptoms started in 1972. The disease turned into SPMS in about 1999/2000. He was forced to take medical retirement in 2012 and set up the website Aid4Disabled in the same year. The website is the story of his MS since retirement and it describes a wide range of objects that are readily available for disabled people to improve their quality of life. Patrick is also a member of the Barts MS Advisory Group.

Andy Clarke

Andy is husband to Vicky, who has PPMS. Andy campaigns for medicinal uses of cannabis to be legalised, as it has helped Vicky to control her levels of pain.

Alasdair Coles

Alasdair is a neurologist who has been researching treatments for multiple sclerosis since 1994. He was part of the Cambridge team that developed alemtuzumab (Campath). He now is working on trials of a remyelinating therapy in multiple sclerosis and immune treatments in people with psychosis. He is also a priest in the Church of England.

Ian Cook

Ian writes an ezine for progressive MSers.

Pouria Heydarpour

Research Associate, Multiple Sclerosis Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

Dr Rune A. Høglund, MD

Rune is part of the Clinical Neuroscience group, Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Rachel Horne

Rachel is a journalist interested in health and women’s issues. She has an Hons BA from McGill University and a Masters from Columbia University School of Journalism. Previously she covered international news in China and financial news for CNN in London. She has MS.

Dawn Langdon

Dawn is Professor of Neuropsychology at Royal Holloway University of London. She does a lot of research on psychological aspects of MS, especially cognition. She is a Trustee of the MS Trust and author of their online cognition tool for people with MS.

Sarah-Jane Martin

Sarah qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2010, and started neurology training in 2015. She is currently doing a PhD, funded by a Rowling scholarship from the Ann Rowling Clinic of Regenerative Neurology in Edinburgh and Stratified Medicine Scotland. She works between Glasgow and Edinburgh, seeing MS patients in clinic in Glasgow, recruiting for a Scotland-wide study on MS, and is based at the Hunt Laboratory in Edinburgh for the lab-based aspects of her research.

Dr Liesbet Peeters

Liesbet is the Project Manager ​of MS DATACONNECT

Penny Smyth

Penny has been a clinician-educator MS neurologist since 2004. She did her MS fellowship training at the University of British Columbia MS Clinic, and currently practices at the Northern Alberta MS Clinic, in Alberta, Canada. She contributes to a number of MS clinical trials, and works in education for medical trainees and for people with MS. She also has interests in medical professionalism, and is the Associate Dean, Professionalism for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Prof. Manuela Vaněčková, MD, Ph.D.

MR unit, Departement of Radiology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. Manuela completed her PhD in Neuroscience in 2003. From 2009 she was Associate Professor of Radiology in Charles University. In 2014 she became Professor of Radiology in Charles University. Her specialization is Imaging, mainly MRI and Neuroradiology. She has published more than 180 papers, and 3 monographs on Neuroradiology, MRI and Multiple sclerosis. So far she has been associated with 13 medical research grants. Her main topics are brain and spinal cord volumetry, MRI monitoring in daily clinical practice in MS, MRI differential diagnosis of MS, safety monitoring (PML), neurodegenerative disease, pituitary MRI and prenatal brain MRI.

Dr Lana Zhovtis Ryerson

Lana is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in biology and member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She received her neurology training at Mount Sinai Medical Center where she was honored with House Staff Physician of the Year Award in 2011. She completed her fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis at NYU Langone Medical Center where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurology. She has been spearheading the Extended Interval Natalizumab (EID – NTZ) Project development resulting in a successful manuscript for the retrospective chart review of patients treated with EID NTZ published in 2016.



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