Interdisciplinary Skills Delivering Innovative Learning and Teaching Practices in Illnesses of Unknown Origin

Conference: The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2022)
Title: Interdisciplinary Skills Delivering Innovative Learning and Teaching Practices in Illnesses of Unknown Origin
Stream: Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary & Transdisciplinary Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Griffith University, Australia
Etianne Martini Sasso, Griffith University, Australia
Natalie Eaton-Fitch, Griffith University, Australia
Katsuhiko Muraki, Aichi-Gakuin University, Japan


Illnesses of unknown origin (IUO) receive little attention in medical education programmes and are therefore disadvantaged in research funding and lack of learning distorts perceptions of IUO in both society and medical communities. We aimed to acquire knowledge in order to teach methods to support the medical and patient communities to resolve these distorted perceptions. Using the example of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), recent discoveries have demonstrated multiple components of aetiology and pathogenesis of illness. These discoveries were made possible through implementing innovative and novel approaches using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), flow cytometry and electrophysiology. The resultant emerging role of immune dysregulation, ion channel dysfunction and changes in brain MRI provides data to communicate with medical communities and society. Through the approach of peer reviewed outputs in high impact factor journals, this provides an opportunity to increase learning and education. An integrative strategy of research, innovation and discovery implements a framework to guide national and international development strategies in education and learning in IUO. In turn, this approach may resolve negative attitudes, support growth of knowledge and education. By focusing efforts on education and learning of IUO, this will elucidate burden of illness, outline clinical and research priorities and lead to improved recognition and care for patients.

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