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

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  •     Read about recently launched research. (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/research/about-our-research-programs/download.aspx?id=44468)
  • In the world’s largest meeting dedicated to MS research, over 7,000 scientists convened in Lyon, France to present findings at ECTRIMS (European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS). Over 1250 studies covering virtually every aspect of research were presented:

    PROGRESS TOWARD STOPPING MS
    The Society continued to invest in research to stop MS, including:
    •     Funding of clinical trials:
    •     Testing whether vitamin D, or the sex hormone estriol, or the probiotic approach of a sports drink containing parasite eggs, can reduce MS immune attacks
    •     Determining if treatments available for other disorders, such as riluzole (a treatment for ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) or phenytoin (a treatment for epilepsy), or the antioxidants lipoic acid or green tea extract, can protect the nervous system from damage.
    •     Supporting a syndicate formed in the United Kingdom to conduct innovative clinical trials of neuroprotective drugs in secondary-progressive MS.
    •     New projects focusing on discovering “bioma
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