Research by Chandni Radia, Lead Pharmacist Neurosciences, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

This project was the winner of the MS Academy MasterClass Project Award for Autumn 2020

All of our attendees carry out a piece of research in an area of MS clinical practice or treatment that interests them. 

This snapshot, which won the MS9 project awards, gives you a quick idea of what they found and why. If you want to learn more, just click through to the full poster, or follow the links within the snapshot. 

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To assess:

  • the impact of ocrelizumab infusions on B-cell counts 
  • whether there is a correlation between B-cell counts and adverse effects such as infection


  • A sample of 170 people with MS receiving ocrelizumab were reviewed over an 18 month period.
  • There was a correlation between low B-cell counts and likelihood of infection, where lymphocyte counts, CD8 and NK cells showed no difference.

Key findings

  • At baseline, there was no difference in B-cell count between those who developed adverse effects and those who did not.
  • Those who developed infections had a significantly lower B-cell count.
    • This difference persisted after the second dose.
  • There was no difference in lymphocyte counts, CD8 or NK cells.
  • The most common infections were upper respiratory tract and urinary tract.

Core recommendations

  • Regular monitoring of B-cell counts rather than absolute lymphocyte counts, could be a method of identifying patients at risk of adverse effects following ocrelizumab.

Take action

  • Watch Chandi’s recorded presentation below.
  • Contact the researcher to discuss their work (please put the name of the Snapshot as your title in our contact form)