MS researcher wins national award
Press release issued: 23 April 2010
A University of Bristol researcher has won a national award for his pioneering work to support the lives of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Laurence Ketteringham, a researcher from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the MS Society’s ‘MS Researcher of the Year’ award for his groundbreaking research into treatment for MS symptoms.
Laurence Ketteringham, a researcher from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the MS Society's ‘MS Researcher of the Year’ award for his groundbreaking research into treatment for MS symptoms.
Laurence has been using his skills to reduce tremors for people with MS. Tremors are often a debilitating symptom and can affect up to 75 per cent of people with MS at some time in their lives.
Laurence said: “I’m really pleased to win this award, it’s amazing to have your work recognised in this way. I want to thank the MS research team I work with at Frenchay Hospital and the University of Bristol.
“For people with MS, tremors can be extremely frustrating and disabling. We are working towards finding strategies to control tremors and improve their everyday lives. On a personal level, it’s been really rewarding meeting people affected by the condition and it’s fantastic for us to be here today and meet so many other inspirational people.”
If successful Laurence’s research project would allow people with MS to have more controlled movements resulting in an overall better quality of life.
The annual MS Society awards reward individuals and groups for their hard work in changing lives for people affected by MS.
The MS Society (www.mssociety.org.uk) is the UK’s largest charity dedicated to supporting everyone whose life is touched by multiple sclerosis (MS), providing respite care, an award-winning freephone helpline (0808 800 8000), specialist MS nurses and funding more than 80 vital MS research projects in the UK.
MS is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults and an estimated 100,000 people in the UK have MS.