Progressive MS research
The International Progressive MS Alliance works to speed up the development of treatment for progressive MS
Last updated: 8th September 2022
More than 2.8 million people worldwide currently live with MS. Of these, more than one million people live with a progressive form of MS.
Progressive MS is a type of MS that gets worse over time, affecting areas such as vision, mobility, cognition, ability to work, and independence.
Despite advances in other forms of MS, the discoveries that will lead to treatment for progressive MS have remained stubbornly elusive.
The International Progressive MS Alliance
The Alliance exists to accelerate the development of effective treatments for people with progressive forms of MS to improve quality of life worldwide. It is an unprecedented global collaboration of MS organisations, researchers, health professionals, the pharmaceutical industry, companies, trusts, foundations, donors and people affected by progressive MS, working together to address the unmet needs of people with progressive MS ─ rallying the global community to find solutions. Our promise is more than hope, it is progress.
The Alliance was established in 2012, by six founding members: MSIF, and the MS societies of Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA, who made a joint commitment to speed up the development of treatment for progressive MS by removing scientific and technology barriers.
The Alliance now has 19 member organisations who, between them, have many years’ experience of MS research and have funded significant developments in research, disease-modifying therapies and symptom treatments.
Watch the video below to find out more about what the International Progressive MS Alliance do.