Associate Professor Yasmine Probst is driving research into the role diet can play in managing Multiple Sclerosis. It is research that is incredibly important for Yasmine, one of few dietitians globally who has been diagnosed with the disease.

Like many young university students, Associate Professor Yasmine Probst admits she was regularly “burning the candle at both ends”. Combining a PhD in dietetics and partying with friends, at the time Professor Probst chose to ignore the warning signs of tingling fingers, feet and eventually sensations of numbness up to her knees. “I had my plans and wanted to be normal, but eventually my health had other plans for me,” she says.

After finally visiting her GP, Professor Probst was quickly rushed to emergency to undergo a lumber puncture and MRI, with results confirming a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). To date, there is no known cure.

“I knew MS existed but I didn’t know what it was,” she says of the diagnosis that came in 2004. “I was in my early 20s and trying to do a PhD, so it was a bit of a backward step in my plans.”

Cut to 2020 and Professor Probst is now an accomplished academic and researcher, as well as a mother to three. This year she will embark on a significant new study with the goal to create a comprehensive set of dietary guidelines for MS sufferers.

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