ROBYN LUCAS, BSc MBChB MPH&TM PhD MHE FAFPHM
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment
The Australian National University
Building 62, Mills Road, Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
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Professor Robyn Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist. She was the lead author of the Global Burden of Disease due to Ultraviolet Radiation and the study coordinator for the Ausimmune Study examining environmental risk factors for multiple sclerosis. Her current work focuses on vitamin D, sun exposure and immune function, and public health messages for optimal sun exposure.
Professor Lucas was a key investigator on the long-running Ausimmune study that made a number of significant discoveries relating to environmental influences in MS, including furthering our understanding of the Latitude gradient of MS. Professor Lucas is also a member of the steering committee for the ongoing MS Research Australia PrevANZ trial. This study aims to investigate whether vitamin D supplements can delay or prevent the progression from a clinically isolated syndrome (first demyelinating event) to clinically definite MS.
Another study that Professor Lucas is involved with, together with Western Australian researcher Professor Prue Hart, is the PhoCIS study, is a NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial investigating the effects of UV-B narrow band phototherapy for preventing the development of MS in people with CIS.
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Preventing the risk of Multiple Sclerosis using Vitamin D in patients with a first demyelinating event in Australia and New Zealand (PrevANZ)
Trial ID: ACTRN 12612001160820
Study Completion Date: 2017
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