News at Medicine - June 2014 - Funding for students supports multiple sclerosis research

Funding for students supports multiple sclerosis research
June 24, 2014
Undergraduate students Anthony Parrell and Megan Kirkland are among five students in Atlantic Canada who won $5,000 each to conduct research on multiple sclerosis. The awards are from the endMS Research and Training Network, a nationwide initiative formed to accelerate discovery in the field of multiple sclerosis in Canada.
The students will work with Dr. Michelle Ploughman, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation with the Faculty of Medicine. 
“I am so pleased to have Anthony and Megan working with me this summer,” said Dr. Ploughman, who is co-director of the Rehabilitation Research Unit located at the L.A. Miller Centre on Forest Road in St. John's. “It was a tough national competition and to have two Memorial students win awards is a significant achievement.”
Mr. Parrell is a third-year biology student; Ms. Kirkland is in her last year of a kinesiology degree. Both students are planning to apply to medical school, and have already done volunteer work at the Miller Centre and with the NeuroFit program run by Dr. Ploughman.
With the new funding, they are in the process of recruiting people with multiple sclerosis to test their response to exercise at room temperature and at cooler temperatures.
From left are Anthony Parrell and Megan Kirkland in the exercise room at the Recovery and Performance Laboratory.