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National MS Society Reports Sweeping Advances Made in MS Research in 2012
Date:12/27/2012

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 27, 2012

MS research continued to advance on many fronts in 2012. This year saw:

  •     The approval of a second oral therapy for relapsing forms of MS and other emerging treatments progressing through the development pipeline;
  •     The launch of the International Progressive MS Collaborative, the largest effort to date to speed research to stop progressive forms of MS;
  •     The discovery of what could be a target of the immune attack in people with MS may lead to new understanding of the disease and new treatment strategies;
  •     The completion of the first human trial of an experimental therapy targeting myelin repair;
  •     Progress in restoring functions using innovative rehabilitation techniques, including memory enhancement using a technique involving stories and imagery to solidify learning, and improving balance and mobility with specific exercises; and
  •     Advances in uncovering MS triggering factors, bringing us closer to finding ways to prevent the disease; and many other advances pushing us closer to a world free of MS.

The National MS Society continues to propel research forward with a comprehensive strategy aimed at stopping MS, restoring function and ending MS forever (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/index.aspx):

  •     This year we invested $44 million in over 350 new and ongoing projects;
  •     Projects include everything from discovery research to the Society’s drug development efforts through Fast Forward® (

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