Our annual Red Lab Coat Day was a roaring success, and as many will know, we decided to switch it up this year and do something different!

Our Battle of the Labs contest was in full play and we had many creative labs across Australia get involved. This year our researchers created a video showcasing their MS research and what their work means to them. From dances to drawings, raps and boats, we received so many unique videos and it really warmed our hearts to see the efforts and passion which went into the creation of every single video.

The theme of this year’s World MS Day was all our favourite topic – research, so what better day to announce the Battle of the Labs winner! We are thrilled to announce that 2,695 kisses/votes later, our 2018 Battle of the Lab winner is… The University of Technology, Sydney with an outstanding 917 kisses on our website! A BIG congratulations to the researchers at UTS who surprised us with their creative dance performances in and outside the lab, you did an amazing job! If you haven’t seen their video yet, make sure to check it out here.

This month in particular, the UTS research group, “The Lab of Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (LCMN)” felt a strong sense of belonging at UTS. This was due to all the support they were receiving, not just through their votes but also through the moral and emotional support during the Kiss Goodbye to MS campaign.

We received a lovely message from Alessandro Castorina, Head of the UTS lab following the announcement: “Thank you everyone! It was a fun initiative but more importantly it sends a message of HOPE to the MS community that there are scientists in Australia and at UTS, who are working towards a solution for this issue. UTS has demonstrated to be a vibrant and cohesive environment especially on this occasion, where UTS won by a landslide over three group of 8 unis! We are very grateful to all the people that supported us. Of course, we couldn’t have done this without your help,  THANK YOU!”.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful labs that participated in the Battle of the Labs and all the researchers who posted photos and boomerangs on Red Lab Coat Day using the #KissGoodbyeToMS hashtag. Red Lab Coat Day is easily one of our favourite days in the year. We were again blown away and inspired by our researchers passion and commitment. These guys are the real superheroes, who with your support are getting us closer to finding a cure for MS every single day. Thank you for doing such important work and for bringing us closer this World MS Day!