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Honorary Research Associate


Dr Stephanie Trend completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2015, where she studied preterm breast milk immune composition and anti-microbial activity in context of preterm infant sepsis. She joined the Inflammation team under Professor Prue Hart at Telethon Kids Institute in 2016 to contribute to the team’s ongoing work investigating changes in the immune cell populations in the blood of people with multiple sclerosis (MS), and the role of UVB phototherapy in preventing disease relapse.

In 2019 Dr Trend was appointed as the MSWA Research Fellow at the Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Sciences and an Honorary Research Associate at Telethon Kids Institute, and was awarded an MSRA project grant for 2020-2021 to investigate the role of antibodies in driving inflammation in MS.

Dr Trend currently chairs the TKI early-mid career researcher (EMCR) council and the TKI Immunology Interest Group.