Associate Professor Tracey Weiland is the Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Neuroepidemiology Unit, School of Population and Global Health. Her research expertise is in the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis (MS), particularly preventable lifestyle determinants of disease. Her previous research has spanned a broad range of areas including neuroimmunology, health services research, emergency medicine, public health screening and medical education. She is a mid-career academic with over 150 peer reviewed publications, and is also practices as a Clinical Psychologist..
With a keen interest in gut-brain communication, Associate Professor Weiland's academic career commenced in psychoneuroimmunology. After attaining her PhD in 2004, her focus was in academic emergency medicine, a discipline which intersects with many health specialites. This afforded Tracey the capacity to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge of health services, chronic disease, clinician education, and system processes. Associate Professor Weiland turned her attention to researching the epidemiology of neurodegenerative diseases, with a strong focus on the secondary prevention of multiple sclerosis. She has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and reports for government, and presently oversees international longitudinal observational studies.
Her current research on the role of preventable lifestyle factors in multiple sclerosis explores the influence of diet, exercise, smoking status, alcohol use, and stress reduction in the secondary prevention of MS including outcomes such as disability, depression, anxiety, cognitive function, fatigue, health related quality of life, pain and relapse rate.
I am interested in supervising higher degree students (Masters, PhD) with an interest in multiple sclerosis as it relates to health economics and epidemiology. Students could undertake longitudinal research using data that are currently being collected with a particular focus on the secondary prevention of multiple sclerosis.
Students would be part of a team of researchers at the Melbourne School of Population Health working in this area.