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S4 Episode 47

S4E47 Hello 2022, Hello OMS Handbook

More than 21 years since Professor George Jelinek published ‘Taking Control of MS’ (2 editions), followed by the first edition of ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis’ in 2010 and the second edition in 2016, Professor George Jelinek is back with the ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Handbook, A Roadmap to Good Health’.

We are pleased to welcome back Professor George Jelinek, creator of the OMS program and one of the three editors of this new, highly anticipated book. We also very pleased to welcome back to the podcast Associate Professor Sandra Neate, Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit at the University of Melbourne, and another of the three editors of the new book.  

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Prof. George Jelinek’s Bio: 

Professor George Jelinek is the founder of the Neuroepidemiology Unit (NEU) within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor at NEU. The NEU’s charter is to investigate the modifiable lifestyle risk factors that predict the progression of MS with a view to refining a preventive medicine approach to management of the disease. 

Professor Jelinek specialized in emergency medicine, winning the prize in the first specialist examinations in 1986. He is a past President of the Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine (ASEM) and past Vice President of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM). 

He was the first Professor of Emergency Medicine in Australasia and was the founding editor of the journal Emergency Medicine Australasia, a MEDLINE-indexed journal that he has edited continuously for nearly 30 years. For his contribution to emergency medicine, he was awarded the ACEM Medal in 2003, the highest individual honor in the specialty of Emergency Medicine in Australia and New Zealand. The College for Emergency Medicine also awarded him the 2006 John Gilroy Potts Award and the 2012 and 2014 Edward Brentnall Awards, for the best publications in emergency medicine and public health respectively in those years. 

Recognizing his contribution to both emergency medicine and multiple sclerosis, Professor Jelinek was a Western Australian finalist for 2008 Australian of the Year, and a Victorian Finalist for the 2016 Australian of the Year. 

Most recently, recognizing his leading role in MS epidemiological research and strong background in medical journal editing, he was appointed Chief Editor in neuroepidemiology for the leading MEDLINE-indexed neurology journal Frontiers in Neurology, ranked in the top 16% of the top tier 192 neurology journals indexed with Thomson Reuters.   

Professor Jelinek is the author of ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis’ and one of the editors (along with Associate Professor Sandra Neate and Associate Professor Michelle Donoghue) of the newly published the ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Handbook, A Roadmap to Good Health’.  

Associate Professor Sandra Neate’s Bio: 

Associate Professor Sandra Neate is a Senior Principal Clinical Research Fellow and the Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit. She has also been a facilitator on Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis events.  

Sandra completed her medical degree at the University of Melbourne in 1985. Sandra went on to train as a Specialist Emergency Physician with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine working as an emergency physician for 20 years at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She has also worked at the Coroners Court of Victoria since 2010 and on the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal since 2015. 

Sandra’s interests moved towards research, and she has published in areas regarding coronial matters and family experiences of organ donation. She commenced at the Neuroepidemiology Unit, along with George, in 2015 and now leads the team and their major research projects, the HOLISM study, the STOP MS study, investigating the outcomes of people who have attended residential lifestyle modification workshops, and the Multiple Sclerosis Online Course trial among others. 

In 2021 Sandra and George won the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Engagement Award in recognition of their work and research with the MS community. 

Sandra is one of the editors, along with Professor George Jelinek and Associate Professor Michelle Donoghue of the newly published ‘Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis Handbook, A Roadmap to Good Health’.  


Coming up on our next episode: 

On the next episode of Living Well with MS, join us for the next installment of our Coffee Break series, where we meet Claes Nermark, a health coach, personal trainer, and the first OMS Circle ambassador in Sweden. Premieres February 14, 2022 on your favorite podcast platform. 

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