It is with great excitement that we can share that Brett Drummond (Science Communicator and Co-Founder of MStranslate) has been announced as a winner of the 2017 Seeing MS Award.  The Seeing MS Award is presented by MS Limited (a major MS organisation in Australia that is composed of the societies from Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania).  The award is presented each year to “a special person in recognition of their outstanding effort in exposing the invisible disease”.

Specifically, Brett was chosen for the award due to his “dedication and commitment to helping the general community understand multiple sclerosis” and his “positive impact on the MS community”.  It is important to realise that while this has been designated as an individual achievement, it really is an award for the MStranslate team.  Whilst Brett is often the public face of our work, none of that work would be possible without all of the effort that Eric Drummond (Digital Media Specialist and Co-Founder of MStranslate) puts in behind the scenes.  Eric works tirelessly to source content and ensure that all of MStranslate’s digital platforms are running smoothly, so that the information shared can quickly and efficiently reach people living with MS all around the world.

This is nice recognition for what has been, at times, a difficult and frustrating 5 year journey for MStranslate.  However, if we had to describe this experience in one word, it would be rewarding.  This is due to the amazing community that have followed and supported us since our establishment, and will continue to do so well into the future.  Indeed, it is only through through the actions of our community that we were nominated for this award.  Please know that we are extremely grateful for every community made contribution to MStranslate.  It’s people’s willingness to engage and share their own opinions, insights and experiences that’s making MStranslate the successful initiative we knew it could be.  Everyday, we are constantly learning from you and we hope that you are from us.

We can’t wait to see what the next 5 years has in store for all of us.  Most importantly, we hope that it will involve us being able to report on exciting developments in multiple sclerosis research that will facilitate further quality of life improvements for everyone living with MS!


From Brett and Eric, thank you all so much!

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