2010: A Year of Significant Progress in MS Research


– Mon Dec 20, 6:04 am ET
NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 –

National MS Society Leads the Way in Cutting Edge Research to Stop MS, Restore Function and End MS Forever

NEW YORK, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Exciting advances were made in 2010 in virtually every field of MS research. Progress toward finding new therapies for MS is illustrated by the availability of the first oral disease-modifying therapy for MS. 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). Our understanding of factors that influence whether a person develops MS deepened this year, bringing us closer to finding ways to prevent the disease.

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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 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. The Society's listing of Clinical Trials in MS 2010 includes 129 ongoing studies ranging from research of oral therapies for treating MS or its symptoms to novel agents such as green tea extracts, and a study of the antioxidant idebenone in people with primary-progressive MS.

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