National MS Society Announces Millions of Dollars for New Research

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is committing $18.8 million to support more than 50 new research projects that aim to stop the disease's progression in current patients, to restore function they've lost, and ultimately to eliminate the disease entirely.

In announcing the new funding, the Society said, "This financial commitment is the latest in the Society's relentless research efforts to move us closer to a world free of MS, investing more than $50 million in 2014 alone to support 380 new and ongoing studies around the world. So that no opportunity is wasted, the Society pursues all promising paths, while focusing on three priority areas: progressive MS, nervous system repair, and wellness and lifestyle."

Examples of the research include "What is the comparative effectiveness of comprehensive care vs. usual care for patients with multiple sclerosis?"; "Effectiveness of Medicaid's home- and community-based services for persons with multiple sclerosis"; and "Understanding the pathophysiology underlying MS progression."

National MS Society Executive VP of Research Bruce Bebo, Ph.D., said of the new projects, "The comprehensive nature of these new research investments is very exciting. While we're driving research to stop MS, restore function and end the disease forever, at the same time we're identifying key interventions and solutions that can help people with MS live their best lives now."

For detailed descriptions of the individual research projects, click HERE.

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