Bernie has been learning about some interesting research gathered on the academic performances of the children of parents with MS.
As far as I know you have chaired a session here, can you tell us a little bit about that, what you’ve found out, what was particularly interesting?
Yes. I had the honour of chairing the nurse faculty sessions and in that we had nurses from all over the world telling us about some of their research. A really interesting opening speech was by one of the Finnish nurses, and she talked about how she used the data registries in Finland and looked at the academic attainment of children of people with MS. And in Finland it’s really interesting because they have the data of everyone’s health, data from 1947, on a central registry. It’s also by law you have to go to school until you’re 15 in Finland and she was able to pull the information on parents of kids and then also look at the kids’ educational attainment. And what she found was that the children of families where a parent had MS attained higher grades than their peers. Really interesting, and so lots of work to come out of there.