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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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Research Output

Family planning is the second most relevant factor for treatment decisions after disease activity – Commentary

Jokubaitis, V. G. & Dobson, R., May 2020, In : Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 26, 6, p. 644-646 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-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., May 2020, In : Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 26, 6, p. 696-705 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Reader response: Menarche, pregnancies, and breastfeeding do not modify long-term prognosis in multiple sclerosis

Jokubaitis, V. & Dobson, R., 10 Mar 2020, In : Neurology. 94, 10, p. 455-456 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOther

Risk of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis: A longitudinal study

Fambiatos, A., Jokubaitis, V., Horakova, D., Kubala Havrdova, E., Trojano, M., Prat, A., Girard, M., Duquette, P., Lugaresi, A., Izquierdo, G., Grand’Maison, F., Grammond, P., Sola, P., Ferraro, D., Alroughani, R., Terzi, M., Hupperts, R., Boz, C., Lechner-Scott, J., Pucci, E. & 44 others, Bergamaschi, R., Van Pesch, V., Ozakbas, S., Granella, F., Turkoglu, R., Iuliano, G., Spitaleri, D., McCombe, P., Solaro, C., Slee, M., Ampapa, R., Soysal, A., Petersen, T., Sanchez-Menoyo, J. L., Verheul, F., Prevost, J., Sidhom, Y., Van Wijmeersch, B., Vucic, S., Cristiano, E., Saladino, M. L., Deri, N., Barnett, M., Olascoaga, J., Moore, F., Skibina, O., Gray, O., Fragoso, Y., Yamout, B., Shaw, C., Singhal, B., Shuey, N., Hodgkinson, S., Altintas, A., Al-Harbi, T., Csepany, T., Taylor, B., Hughes, J., Jun, J. K., van der Walt, A., Spelman, T., Butzkueven, H., Kalincik, T. & on behalf of the MSBase Study Group, Jan 2020, In : Multiple Sclerosis Journal. 26, 1, p. 79-90 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 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

41 Citations (Scopus)