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Largest brain repair initiative in MS will speed strategies to restore nerve function

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has launched a new initiative to speed research on nervous system repair and protection in MS, a disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. The Society has invited proposals from research teams to compete for grants of up to $5.5 million each to pave the way for clinical testing of repair and protection strategies in people with MS.

"The pace of research in nervous system repair is accelerating dramatically," comments Stephen C. Reingold, PhD, the Society's Vice President of Research Programs. "With this initiative, we are aiming to have in place non-invasive tools that can determine the clinical success of any of several promising repair techniques that may be tested in the future to protect and restore nerve function in persons with MS."

These are the largest grants ever offered by any agency for tissue protection and repair in MS, and potentially the most expensive single grants in the 58-year history of the National MS Society. The Society funds more MS research, offers more services for people with MS, and provides more professional education programs than any other MS organization in the world.

To compete for "Translational Research Partnerships on Nervous System Repair and Protection in MS" awards, researchers will have to assemble interdisciplinary teams and forge innovative strategies to:

  • develop new disease models to screen repair and protection techniques;
  • apply advanced MRI and other non-invasive monitoring tools to detect repair; and
  • design human clinical trials.

    Letters of intent are due to the National MS Society by April 19, 2004.


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  • Contact: Dr. Tim Coetzee
    timothy.coetzee@nmss.org
    212-476-0478
    National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    30-Jan-2004


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