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Kyla McKay

Postdoctoral researcher

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Research description

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressively disabling disease of the central nervous system. Its aetiology is not fully understood and it has no known cure. Between 3 and 10% of persons with MS experience their first neurological symptom in childhood. Though paediatric MS accounts for a small percentage of all cases, it is particularly distressing to patients and their families. Few population-based studies have investigated the demographic and clinical characteristics of MS in children, which contributes to major uncertainty in the management of the disease.

My postdoctoral fellowship is focused on better understanding the causes and consequences of paediatric multiple sclerosis. Using the population-level health data available in Sweden, I will be exploring risk factors for the development of MS in children, as well as the longer-term socioeconomic and health outcomes. 


PhD in Experimental Medicine - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (June 2017)

Dissertation: Using linked health data to investigate the epidemiology and impact of mental health in multiple sclerosis

Bachelor of Science – Major in Neuroscience - Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (May 2008)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Exchange Award - European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) – September 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award - Canadian Institutes of Health Research – September 2017

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