Navigation Links
Milestone for cannabinoid MS study
Date:7/21/2008

The CUPID (Cannabinoid Use in Progressive Inflammatory brain Disease) study at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth has reached an important milestone with the news that the full cohort of 493 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been recruited to the study.

CUPID is a clinical trial which will evaluate whether tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of many compounds found in the in the cannabis plant (and the main active ingredient) is able to slow the progression of MS.

This is an important study for people with MS because current treatments either target the immune system in the early stages of MS, or are aimed at easing specific symptoms such as muscle spasms or bladder problems. At present there is no treatment which slows progression of the disease.

The CUPID trial follows an earlier study Cannabinoids and Multiple Sclerosis (CAMS) which suggested a link between THC and the slowing of MS. The CAMS trial saw participants take THC for a year the CUPID trial will last for longer and aims to assess the effect of THC on progressive MS.

It has taken two years to recruit the 493 participants who will each take part in the trial for three years, and in some cases three and a half years. After data cleaning and analysis the results should be available by spring/early summer 2012.

Professor John Zajicek from the Peninsula Medical School, who heads the team carrying out the CUPID study, said: "We are delighted to have achieved the correct number of patient participants for this trial. Patients have been recruited from 27 sites across the UK. If we are able to prove beyond reasonable doubt the link between THC and the slowing down of progressive MS, we will be able to develop an effective therapy for the many thousands of MS sufferers around the world."

The CUPID trial is funded by the Medical Research Council, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.

Chris Jones, chief executive of the MS Trust, commented: "The MS Trust is delighted to be supporting this study on behalf of people with MS. The ability to halt progression in MS is what we dream of - the Holy Grail for those whose condition deteriorates year on year. This study should give us the definitive answer as to whether cannabinoids will prove to be such an agent."

Dr Laura Bell, research communications officer for the MS Society, said: "People affected by MS are keen to know whether there's any truth in the suggestion that elements of the cannabis plant can help ease the symptoms and slow down progression of the condition.

"The MS Society is supportive of safe clinical trials investigating the medicinal properties of cannabis and it's great news that this trial is going ahead. We look forward to the results of this exciting study."


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrew Gould
media@pr-works.co.uk
44-139-268-6107
The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Milestone Scientific Announces Successful Completion of its Collaboration Agreement With Carticept Medical
2. Milestone Scientific Commences Declaratory Judgment Action With Respect to Its Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA(TM)) System and Compudent(TM) System
3. Milestone Scientific Names Robert Presutti New Vice President of Sales and Marketing
4. Milestone Scientific to Exhibit the STA(TM) System at the American Dental Associations 148th Annual Session in San Francisco
5. Smurfit-Stones Hodge, LA, Mill Becomes First to Achieve Safety Milestone
6. Grand Opening of Regence Boys & Girls Club Marks a Milestone in Historic New Columbia Community Revitalization
7. Milestone Scientific to Present at the Edgewater Research Investor Conference
8. Isis Receives $1.25 Million Milestone Payment From iCo for Initiation of Phase 1 Study of iCo-007
9. Global Gene Map Clears New Milestone
10. Free Site Offering Patient-Physician Dialog Reaches Milestone
11. Marlo Thomas and St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital(R) Announce Hitting The 50-Partner Milestone as They Kick Off the Fourth Annual Thanks and Giving(R) Campaign Which Asks America to Support St. Jude While Shopping This Holiday Season
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 21, 2017 , ... For more than 20 years ... wide range of knives and swords, from functional to fantasy. United Cutlery has always ... sleek, modern designs that defy tradition. , Offering a range of weapons and tools ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 21, 2017 , ... Dental visits are often ... since you've seen a dentist, it's time for a dental checkup. The American ... per year. , Dental checkups are a relatively easy procedure that involves visually ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 ... ... of the Charlotte health community, Queens University of Charlotte recently began recruitment efforts ... The program’s curriculum arms students with the skills, knowledge and expertise to approach ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... Mo (PRWEB) , ... May 19, 2017 , ... When ... May 20, his name will already appear on two major research studies that could ... been working with Dr. Matt Daggett, KCU alumnus and an orthopedic surgeon, alongside an ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... The Hill Agencies, a family ... entrepreneurs throughout the California Central Valley, is announcing a joint charity initiative with the ... for a local kid’s camp event. , The Boys and Girls Club of Kern ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/6/2017)... Provista , a proven leader in the supply chain industry ... Jim Cunniff as the company,s new president and CEO. ... Provista, including most recently serving as the president and CEO ... He assumed his new role with Provista on May 1, ... says Jody Hatcher , president, Sourcing and Collaboration Services ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... Clarius Mobile Health, a digital healthcare ... this week at the American Congress of Obstetricians ... San Diego, CA from May ... perfect tool for clinicians to easily confirm pregnancy, ... pregnancy-related complications like ectopic pregnancy and placenta previa," ...
(Date:5/3/2017)... 3, 2017 A Catheterization Laboratory is ... healthcare facility. Commonly referred to as cath lab, ... diagnostic imaging technology to give physicians visual access ... these spaces, a team of physicians perform life-saving ... coronary intervention, congenital heart defect closure, stenotic heart ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: