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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

Eloise Hinson, BSc (Adv) (Hons), Operations and Finance Manager

Eloise holds a Bachelor of Advanced Science with Honours from the University of Sydney. She has over 10 years experience in administration and extensive experience in project management, communications and engagement.

Eloise can be contacted on eloise.hinson@monash.edu

Charlotte Sartori, BHSc, Project Manager

Charlotte has a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Deakin University, with a background in nutrition. She has worked in administration support and customer service. Charlotte coordinates the MSMetrix sub-study and supports the SLG and Research Committee.

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

Pamela Farr, PhD, BMedChem, Membership Officer and Study Coordinator

Pam holds a doctorate and Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry from University of Wollongong. She is experienced in providing clinical administration support and client service. Pam currently supports our MSBase members and coordinates the MSOCR sub-studies.

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

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

Dr Spelman is a biostatisician 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.