I have just had a very enjoyable meeting in Darwin and want to thank the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) for being so hospitable and for inviting me to give several talks, in particular, the Ian McDonald memorial lecture. The following is my presentation that you can view as a slideshow or you can download from SlideShare. I have also provided the links for you to read about Ian McDonald.
W. Ian McDonald (1933-2006)
The primary objectives of my talk were (1) to celebrate W. Ian McDonald, (2) to make the case that MS is one disease and not two, or three, diseases and (3) that more advanced MS (formerly called progressive MS) is responsive to anti-inflammatory treatments. However, the latter response is relatively small and depends on reserve capacity, which is responsible for the recovery of function. This is why I stressed to the audience that they need to manage expectations about what to expect from DMTs in this population of people with more advanced MS. To read about Prof. W. Ian McDonald I suggest you read the following articles, which provides some context to the initial part of my talk/slides. 1. Prof Giovannoni's Medium Post - 4-minute read 2. Prof. Compston's obituary in the Independent - 15-minute read 3. Prof. Compston's Brain article - 60-minute read Google Slide Show: