Since January, Olivia has been volunteering with a project called Health, Lifestyle and Aging with Multiple Sclerosis with Dr. Ploughman.
The study that Olivia will be working on this summer involves older clients with MS and self-management programs. With this award Olivia will be publishing a paper, as well as travelling to attend and present her research project at endMS Network events.
She hasn't decided yet what her paper will focus on, however she thinks it will be about the controversial liberation treatment.
"So many of our survey participants have received the treatment, either by travelling to places like India, Costa Rica, and other exotic countries, or by being funded by the provincial," she said. "This treatment has little to no concrete science behind it, so it will be fascinating to analyze the participants who have had this procedure and see what they have in common with each other, as opposed to those who have not had the treatment. I will be looking at things such as education level, socioeconomic class, what stage of the disease they are in, and other factors that make these Canadians decide to travel abroad to have this procedure done."
Olivia's project begins in May and she says she is honoured to be working with Dr. Ploughman. "She is very distinguished in the clinical research community. I have been and continue to learn so much from her. She is very supportive and has a great deal of experience to share with students like me."