Executive Management


Helmut Butzkueven MD, Managing Director

Helmut Butzkueven is  Professor of Neurology and Chair of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology research in the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Monash University. He is also appointed as Head of MS and Neuroimmunology at the Alfred Hospital and Director of the MS service at Box Hill Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.

His research and clinical interest involves the use of registry data, clinical MRI data, cognitive testing, genomics and patient self-monitoring devices and applications to evaluate treatment strategies to optimise benefit and safety of MS therapies.

Prof Butzkueven led the MSBase operations and scientific teams in an honorary capacity for nearly a decade before his role as Managing Director was formalised in 2013.



Anneke van der Walt MD, Chief Operating Officer

A/Prof Anneke van der Walt is a Neurologist specializing in the management of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuro-ophthalmology. She is appointed as the Head of MS and Neuro-ophthalmology at Alfred Health, Melbourne, Australia and her research laboratory is based in the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Monash University.  

Her research interests include digital biomarkers and applied technology, real-world data, MS cognition and cerebellar function. She has a keen interest in Women’s Health in MS as well as symptom management in people with MS. 

A/Prof van der Walt was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2019, to work in partnership with the MD and lead MSBase operations.



Operations and Finance Team

Charlotte Sartori, BHSc, Operations Manager

Charlotte holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Deakin University, with a background in nutrition. She has experience in administration and customer service. Charlotte has been the study coordinator for various MSBase studies and now provides first-line support to MSBase members.

Charlotte can be contacted on charlotte.sartori@monash.edu

Pamela Farr, PhD, BMedChem, Senior Project and Data Manager

Pam holds a doctorate and Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry from University of Wollongong. She has experience in research and clinical administration. Pam started with MSBase as Membership Officer and has recently moved into data management of MSBase studies as well as coordinating the MSOCR sub-studies.

Pam can be contacted on pamela.farr@monash.edu

Rein More, PMP, PMI-ACP, PRINCE2 – Technical (IT) Project Manager

Rein holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, is an Agile Certified Practitioner and PRINCE2 Practitioner. She is an experienced Project Manager in Information Technology in Healthcare, with a background specialising in Information Management and Consulting.

Rein currently supports various IT aspects of the MSBase Foundation. Rein can be contacted on rein.more@monash.edu

Dusko Stupar, BCom, BBIS, IT Support Officer

Dusko holds a Bachelor of Business Information Systems and Bachelor of Commerce from Swinburne University. He has experience in first-line technical support and troubleshooting. Dusko is the Support Officer liaising IT Service requests and actively driving the rollout of the MSBase Data-entry and Visualisation Software (MDS) to MSBase centres globally.

Dusko can be contacted on dusko.stupar@monash.edu

Cynthia Tang, MHA, Study Coordinator and Scientific Secretary

Cynthia holds a Master of Health Administration from La Trobe University. She has experience in Australian healthcare system, project process, and extensive experience in international hospitality management and customer service. Cynthia is the Safe MS Care study coordinator and Scientific Secretary for MSBase.

Cynthia can be contacted on cynthia.tang@monash.edu

Alison Le, BCom and Grad. Dip, Bookkeeper and Administrator

Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1997 with a focus on Accounting and then went on to further studies completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Information Systems in 2002. She has experience in Finance and Accounting, specifically in the Healthcare Industry. Alison joins us part-time as the MSBase Bookkeeper and Administrator.

Alison can be contacted on alison.le@monash.edu

Chao Zhu, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Statistician

Dr. Zhu obtained a bachelor's degree in Computer Science (China), a bachelor's honour degree in Actuarial Mathematics (Canada), a master's degree in Statistics (Canada), and a PhD in Biostatistics (Australia). He has worked as a statistician in various fields including finance, data science, and medical research. Chao is the part-time statistician for MSBase analyses.

Chao can be contacted on chao.zhu@monash.edu


Tim Spelman, MBBS, BSc, GradCert (Stats), Statistical Consultant

Dr Spelman is a biostatistician of 15 years experience having worked previously for the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Monash University, Flinders University, Burnet Institute, Alfred Hospital and Austin Hospital. He is also a practising medical doctor with particular interests in epidemiology, population and public health. Tim is the primary statistician for MSBase analyses.

Tim can be contacted on info@msbase.org