Mobile Solution for Exercise Management in Multiple Sclerosis

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:30pm


PentaGenex Group PhotoMultiple Sclerosis, a chronic, autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, affects approximately 400,000 people in the US alone and nearly 2.1 million worldwide. Aside from neurological degeneration, fatigue and motor weakness are recognized as two of the most prevalent symptoms, reported by 50 to 60% of people with MS. Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity plays an important role in the management of MS and in improving quality of life. More specifically, exercise participation has been associated with improvements in muscular strength as well as in reductions in feelings of fatigue and depression in people with MS. MS-specific exercises are generally offered by physiotherapists. However, many are unable to use physiotherapy services for symptom management because of its high costs. As an inexpensive alternative, PentaGenex proposes a mobile software solution, a smartphone app, to support, provide feedback and track an exercise routine tailored specifically for people with MS. This mobile app would enable people with MS to engage in physical activity at home, maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and, ultimately, better manage their MS.

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The Master of Biotechnology Program would like to thank AstraZeneca Canada Inc. for their continued support of this seminar series.