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Dr Vilija G. Jokubaitis (B. Com/B.Sci (Hons), PhD), is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School at Monash University.  She leads the Neuroimmunology Genomics, and Prognostics Group. She is a clinical and translational neuroscientist with skills in molecular medicine and biostatistics. Her research interest lies specifically, in the intersection between biology and clinical outcomes research. The overarching aim of her research is to improve the prediction of Neuroinflammatory disease outcomes (with a focus on MS) in individuals, with the ultimate goal of informing patient management and treatment individualisation.


Research interests

Dr Jokubaitis' research themes fall under three broad umbrellas:

  1. Identification of genetic and epigenetic signals associated with disease outcomes and disease states
  2. Integration of biological (biomarker, genetic) and environmental data with clinical outcomes data to inform prognostic modelling
  3. Interrogation of the effects of pregnancy and hormones on disease outcomes in neuroinflammatory conditions

Community service

Head of the International Women in MS Mentorship Program https://iwims.world

Monash teaching commitment

Department of Neuroscience Honours Co-ordinator

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Health

Feb 2018 → …

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

22 Jan 2018 → …

Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Melbourne Hospital

2011 → …

Research area keywords

  • Neuroimmunology
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Central Nervous System
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Biomarkers
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Outcomes Research
  • Environment
  • Women's Health
  • Pharmacogenomics

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2008 2019

23 Citations (Scopus)

Association of Initial Disease-Modifying Therapy with Later Conversion to Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Brown, J. W. L., Coles, A., Horakova, D., Havrdova, E., Izquierdo, G., Prat, A., Girard, M., Duquette, P., Trojano, M., Lugaresi, A., Bergamaschi, R., Grammond, P., Alroughani, R., Hupperts, R., McCombe, P., Van Pesch, V., Sola, P., Ferraro, D., Grand'Maison, F., Terzi, M. & 20 others, Lechner-Scott, J., Flechter, S., Slee, M., Shaygannejad, V., Pucci, E., Granella, F., Jokubaitis, V., Willis, M., Rice, C., Scolding, N., Wilkins, A., Pearson, O. R., Ziemssen, T., Hutchinson, M., Harding, K., Jones, J., McGuigan, C., Butzkueven, H., Kalincik, T. & Robertson, N., 15 Jan 2019, In : JAMA. 321, 2, p. 175-187 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)

Comparison of fingolimod, dimethyl fumarate and teriflunomide for multiple sclerosis

Kalincik, T., Kubala Havrdova, E., Horakova, D., Izquierdo, G., Prat, A., Girard, M., Duquette, P., Grammond, P., Onofrj, M., Lugaresi, A., Ozakbas, S., Kappos, L., Kuhle, J., Terzi, M., Lechner-Scott, J., Boz, C., Grand'Maison, F., Prevost, J., Sola, P., Ferraro, D. & 24 others, Granella, F., Trojano, M., Bergamaschi, R., Pucci, E., Turkoglu, R., McCombe, P. A., Pesch, V. V., Van Wijmeersch, B., Solaro, C., Ramo-Tello, C., Slee, M., Alroughani, R., Yamout, B., Shaygannejad, V., Spitaleri, D., Sánchez-Menoyo, J. L., Ampapa, R., Hodgkinson, S., Karabudak, R., Butler, E., Vucic, S., Jokubaitis, V., Spelman, T. & Butzkueven, H., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 90, 4, p. 458-468 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Family planning, antenatal and post partum care in multiple sclerosis: a review and update

Van Der Walt, A., Nguyen, A. L. & Jokubaitis, V., 1 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Medical Journal of Australia. 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Functional neuroplasticity in response to cerebello-thalamic injury underpins the clinical presentation of tremor in multiple sclerosis

Boonstra, F. M. C., Noffs, G., Perera, T., Jokubaitis, V. G., Vogel, A. P., Moffat, B. A., Butzkueven, H., Evans, A., van der Walt, A. & Kolbe, S. C., 25 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Incidence of pregnancy and disease-modifying therapy exposure trends in women with multiple sclerosis: A contemporary cohort study

Nguyen, A. L., Havrdova, E. K., Horakova, D., Izquierdo, G., Kalincik, T., van der Walt, A., Terzi, M., Alroughani, R., Duquette, P., Girard, M., Prat, A., Boz, C., Sola, P., Ferraro, D., Lugaresi, A., Lechner-Scott, J., Barnett, M., Grand'Maison, F., Grammond, P., Ramo-Tello, C. & 26 others, Turkoglu, R., McCombe, P., Pucci, E., Trojano, M., Granella, F., Spitaleri, D., Van Pesch, V., Soysal, A., Oreja-Guevara, C., Verheul, F., Vucic, S., Hodgkinson, S., Slee, M., Ampapa, R., Prevost, J., Menoyo, J. L. S., Skibina, O., Solaro, C., Olascoaga, J., Shaw, C., Madsen, K. G., Naidoo, K., Hyde, R., Butzkueven, H., Jokubaitis, V. & on behalf of the MSBase Study Group, 1 Feb 2019, In : Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. 28, p. 235-243 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review