Dr Geevasginga receives prestigious award and cash boost

21 May 2015

Congratulations to Westmead Hospital's Dr Nim Geevasinga who was awarded the James Lance Young Investigator Award and a $1,000 cheque.

Dr Geevasginga

He was recognised for his presentation about a new tool that brings forward the diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease (MND)!

Dr Geevasinga says early diagnosis of MND is difficult.

“The current diagnostic criteria we utilise, can delay the diagnosis by up to 14 months,” he said.  

“Utilising a new neurophysiological tool, called threshold tracking Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), we can bring forward the diagnosis of MND by about eight months.

“Diagnosing patients early is important so that they can get multidisciplinary treatment as well as enrolling them into clinical trials. 

“Looking ahead, we hope to be able to utilize TMS as a biomarker of disease progression.”

Well done doctor, we are very proud!