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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.
Dr Jokubaitis' research themes fall under three broad umbrellas:
- Women's Health and Pregnancy Research. She leads an international Women's Health, Pregnancy and neonatal outcomes Registry integrated in MSBase (www.msbase.org). This line of enquiry includes elucidating the biological mechanisms underlying pregnancy impacts on disease states.
- Identification of genetic and epigenetic signals associated with disease outcomes, disease states and treatment response.
- Integration of biological (biomarker, genetic) and environmental data with clinical outcomes data to inform prognostic modelling.
Head of the International Women in MS Mentorship Program https://iwims.world
Monash teaching commitment
Department of Neuroscience and MAPrc, Central Clinical School, Honours Coordinator for BSc and BMS streams
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Alfred Hospital
Feb 2018 → …
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
22 Jan 2018 → …
Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Melbourne Hospital
2011 → …
Research area keywords
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Central Nervous System
- Women's Health
- Outcomes Research
- Lifestyle behaviours
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Genetics group research and CTLA4 and MS project
Jokubaitis, V. & Butzkueven, H.
Australian Communities Foundation
3/10/22 → 3/10/23
Determining the risk of cervical precancer and cancer in women with multiple sclerosis: a national data linkage study.
Van Der Walt, A., Jokubaitis, V., Butzkueven, H., Taylor, B. V. M., Lechner-Scott, J. & Brotherton, J. M. L.
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (trading as National Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation Limited)
1/01/22 → 31/12/24
Active self-monitoring to prospectively detect treatment failure and define subclinical progression trajectories in multiple sclerosis: The ACTIVE-MS Program.
Van Der Walt, A., Butzkueven, H., Jokubaitis, V., Kolbe, S., Vogel, A. P., Stankovich, J., Butler, E., Macdonell, R. A. L. & Darby, D.
Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation
1/01/20 → 31/12/23
Active Participatory Health Monitoring in people with Multiple Sclerosis to improve treatment outcomes (Active-MS)
Butzkueven, H., Van Der Walt, A., Darby, D., Stankovich, J., Jokubaitis, V., Skibina, O., Marriott, M., Butler, E. & Gresle, M.
Department of Health and Aged Care (Australia)
1/07/19 → 30/06/23
Personalised Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
Jokubaitis, V. & Butzkueven, H.
3/06/22 → 3/06/23
A role for HLA in mediating long-term multiple sclerosis outcomes?Jokubaitis, V. G., Mar 2023, In: Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 29, 3, p. 314–316 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › Other › peer-review
Family planning considerations in people with multiple sclerosisKrysko, K. M., Dobson, R., Alroughani, R., Amato, M. P., Bove, R., Ciplea, A. I., Fragoso, Y., Houtchens, M., Jokubaitis, V. G., Magyari, M., Abdelnasser, A., Padma, V., Thiel, S., Tintore, M., Vukusic, S. & Hellwig, K., Apr 2023, In: The Lancet Neurology. 22, 4, p. 350-366 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Research › peer-review
Parity is associated with long-term differences in DNA methylation at genes related to neural plasticity in multiple sclerosisCampagna, M. P., Xavier, A., Stankovich, J., Maltby, V. E., Slee, M., Yeh, W. Z., Kilpatrick, T., Scott, R. J., Butzkueven, H., Lechner-Scott, J., Lea, R. A. & Jokubaitis, V. G., Dec 2023, In: Clinical Epigenetics. 15, 1, 17 p., 20.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access
Prediction of relapse activity when switching to cladribine for multiple sclerosisZhong, M., van der Walt, A., Monif, M., Hodgkinson, S., Eichau, S., Kalincik, T., Lechner-Scott, J., Buzzard, K., Skibina, O., Van Pesch, V., Butler, E., Prevost, J., Girard, M., Oh, J., Butzkueven, H., Jokubaitis, V. & on behalf of the MSBase Study Group, Jan 2023, In: Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 29, 1, p. 119-129 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Risk of cervical pre-cancer and cancer in women with multiple sclerosis exposed to high efficacy disease modifying therapiesBridge, F., Brotherton, J. M. L., Foong, Y., Butzkueven, H., Jokubaitis, V. G. & Van der Walt, A., 10 Feb 2023, In: Frontiers in Neurology. 14, 13 p., 1119660.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (trading as National Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation Limited) (External organisation)
Vilija Jokubaitis (Member)Jul 2019 → Jan 2022
Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and Partnerships › Membership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board
PhD Supervision - Dr Ai-Lan Nguyen
Tomas Kalincik (Supervisor), Vilija Jokubaitis (Supervisor), Anneke Van Der Walt (Supervisor) & Helmut Butzkueven (Supervisor)2017 → 12 May 2021
Activity: External Academic Engagement › External HDR Supervision