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National MS Society Partners with Accelerated Cure Project’s MS Discovery Forum to Drive Research Connections for Progressive MS

November 18, 2013

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is partnering with the Accelerated Cure Project’s (ACP) Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum (MSDF) – an interactive online community and information portal for researchers and clinicians – to develop resources and content focusing on progressive MS. Promoting engagement by the research community on issues in progressive MS is one aspect of a multifaceted approach to increasing progress in this underexplored area of research.

There has been substantial progress and FDA-approved therapies that can impact the underlying disease course in people with the more common, relapsing, forms of MS. However, none of these can stop progression or reverse the damage to restore function, which are critical for everyone with MS including those with progressive forms.

The Society is awarding MSDF a two-year, $150,000 grant that will enable it to focus additional coverage and resources on progressive forms of MS, an area that is receiving strategic focus by the National MS Society and the Progressive MS Alliance – global organizations working together to connect resources and experts around the world to find the answers and develop the solutions to end progressive MS.

"We are accelerating the knowledge and collaboration needed to identify solutions for people affected by progressive MS," says Timothy Coetzee, PhD, Chief Advocacy, Services & Research Officer. “Our partnership with MSDF will connect researchers working to stop MS progression to each other and to us.”

MSDF – a project of ACP, which creates the site’s content and directs its outreach activities – was established in 2012 with an unrestricted grant from founding donor EMD Serono. It provides a free, neutral venue where members of the MS research community can learn about cutting-edge findings, participate in discussions, and access professional and research resources.

“We are delighted to receive this support for MSDF from the National MS Society,” said Robert McBurney, Chief Executive Officer of ACP. “Beyond providing the MS Discovery Forum with resources to increase its reporting to the research community on progressive MS, this grant brings ACP and the National MS Society closer together in a complementary effort to highlight this area of unmet medical need and to stimulate research efforts to answer important questions about progressive MS.”

Read more about research in progressive MS.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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