Lisa Eunyoung Lee, PhD student, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, shares recent advancements in imaging techniques in multiple sclerosis (MS), particularly spinal cord imaging. The cervical spinal cord is highly relevant to disability in multiple sclerosis (MS) but has been understudied due to technical difficulties. Recent progress in standardized protocols, acquisition time, and quality has made spinal cord imaging more feasible, enabling its use in research. Eventually, findings from studies using spinal cord imaging can help establish imaging markers of progression in MS, which can potentially be used as outcome measures in clinical trials to accelerate the development of new effective treatments and monitor disease progression over time. This interview took place at the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) Forum 2023 in San Diego, CA.
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L. Lee is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award.