Earlier this year, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society committed $28 million USD to support an expected 84 new MS research projects and training awards. These are part of a comprehensive research strategy aimed at stopping MS, restoring function that has been lost, and ending the disease forever – for every single person with MS.
This financial commitment is part of a projected investment of over $52 million in 2015 alone to support 380 new and ongoing studies around the world.
Just a few of the new cutting-edge research projects include:
- A consortium focusing on a comprehensive analysis of the gut microbiome to develop probiotic strategies for stopping progressive MS;
- A pilot trial exploring the tolerability of a diet that intermittently restricts calorie intake as a treatment for disease activity in people with MS;
- Pre-clinical studies to test the potential of a compound to protect the nervous system and stimulate repair of nerve-insulating myelin;
- A new collaborative centre at Oregon Health & Science University to research patient-centred wellness programs to improve the daily life of people with MS.
“MS research is a top National MS Society priority, with increasing annual investments to drive solutions for every person with MS,” says Cynthia Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the Society. “We fund the entire research spectrum, propelling novel ideas into the lab, translating breakthroughs into clinical trials, and moving success in clinical trials into new treatments for people living with MS.”
To find the best research with the most promise, the National MS Society relies on more than 130 world-class scientists who volunteer their time to carefully evaluate hundreds of proposals every year. This rigorous evaluation process assures that Society funds fuel research that delivers results in the shortest time possible.
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