multiple sclerosis Information sessions

Information sessions with Dr Gretchen Hawley


Pre-recorded session

This is a recording from Dr Gretchen Hawley which goes into more detail about remyelination is. The recording is approximately 60 minutes with questions from the live session at the end.

Session outline

  • What is remyelination?
  • How to create remyelination to slow MS progression
  • New class of Disease Modifying Therapy (BTK Inhibitors)

Current research trails for producing remyelination includes Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase (BTK) Inhibitors which are a type DMT’s for MS currently being tested for relapsing, primary and secondary progressive MS. What makes BTK special is how it can target specific immune cells that attack the myelin while retaining the helpful immune cells, something not commonly seen with DMT’s currently available.

Remyelination is the production of new myelin sheaths that protect the nerve fibres or axons ensuring the electrical impulses are carried to the intended destination within the nervous system. To slow down the progression of MS, remyelination needs to be able to repair around the nerve fibres, since the nerve fibre itself cannot be recovered or regenerated once lost.

Dr Gretchen Hawley provides an understanding to the remyelination process, how this can create a slowing of progression and review the types of BTK Inhibitors currently being researched.

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About Dr Hawley

A Doctor of Physical Therapy, with years of clinical practice experience, Gretchen is a Physical Therapist and Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist through the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres based in the USA.

She has a special interest in the management and wellness of MS patients, and presents as the Keynote Speaker at numerous MS events including Living Well with MS events sponsored by the MS Society in addition to MS Views & News. Other collaborations include national MS organisations, including the National MS Society, MS Association of America, and MS Foundation. Additionally, Dr Gretchen shares her expertise to MS support groups, podcasts, and on her own YouTube and social media channels.

If you would like to know more about Dr Hawley please visit our website to see Dr Hawley’s previous blog or visit Dr Hawley’s website The MSing Link

Just a note to say how inspiring I found this presentation to be. Having had MS for approx 30 years. I must admit to feeling fairly sceptical that I would hear anything new. In fact, it wasn’t so much that this was all definitely new, but it was the way it was conveyed to people like me. I think it took away a continual feeling of failure and replaced it with a new mindset – Chris
A really excellent presentation. Incredibly informative and made so much sense
I thought yesterday’s presentation was fantastic. The Dr was inspiring and enlightened me to things I’ve being doing not quite right for years. I certainly took a lot away from it and thoroughly enjoyed listening – Pam
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Gretchen’s talk on neuroplasticity this week. I had rather given up on exercise as not really helping me (I am in my 70’s) but Gretchen’s advice has motivated me to try again and try better. So, I am resuming my exercises and paying more attention to carrying them out correctly. She was spot on about the need to change one’s mindset too. I do equate walking with fatigue and difficulty and should endeavour to get out of this negative thinking cycle