We seek to identify which elements of the weather may be responsible for any seasonal changes in MS.

Twenty-three years of monthly time series data was from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) were analysed. Prescriptions of Interferon β-1B were utilised as a proxy for MS. Monthly data for mean maximum temperature (o C), mean solar intensity (MJ mm2), mean barometric pressure (hPa) and mean relative humidity (%) for each state’s and territory’s capital city, were also collected for the analysis. Results are forthcoming. 

Project members

Contact and investigator

Dr David Rowell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for the Business and Economics of Health