Posted Monday, December 13, 2010
News from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Exciting progress was made in 2010 in virtually every field of MS research. Progress toward finding new therapies for MS is highlighted by the availability of the first disease-modifying therapy for MS taken orally. Progress was also made toward finding ways to restore function and improving quality of life and specific MS symptoms through exercise, meditation, rehabilitation and medications, including the first therapy specifically approved to treat a symptom of MS (Ampyra). And our understanding of factors that influence whether a person develops MS deepened this year, bringing us closer to finding ways to prevent the disease.
The National MS Society continues to propel research forward with a comprehensive research strategy and program. This year we provided $36 million to support some 325 new and ongoing projects, including everything from discovery research to the Society’s commercial drug development efforts through Fast Forward. In addition, thanks to the efforts of our MS activists, $4.5 million was specifically set aside for funding MS research out of the 2010 Department of Defense budget.
This year the Society launched new projects (.pdf) focusing on discovering risk factors that lead to progressive disability, projects aimed at speeding diagnosis, research on protective mechanisms of vitamin D and estrogen, tests determining whether a new device can improve walking ability, and many more.
To develop our Strategic Response for the next five years, the National MS Society reached out and heard the hopes and expectations of more than 10,000 people affected by MS. The Society remains committed to being a driving force in MS research, and aims to understand mechanisms that drive MS progression and find new therapies to treat it; discover how nerve cells are damaged and how to repair them to restore function; find better rehabilitation and treatment for symptoms to improve quality of life; identify the cause of MS to find a way to prevent it; and expand the quantity and quality of research worldwide to drive discovery and treatments. Read more
Here is just a small sample of many important, potentially high-impact research results that occurred this year, presented according to three research approaches: stopping MS, restoring function, and ending MS forever.
Toward Stopping MS
Exciting progress was made toward finding better therapies for MS, including the availability of the first disease-modifying therapy for MS taken by mouth.
Read full article on the National MS Society's website