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Local Funded Research

The National MS Society funds research projects worldwide with three goals in mind:  stopping MS, restoring function, and ending MS forever.  The National MS Society is currently funding these projects in the Oregon Chapter.

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Lipoic acid as a treatment for acute optic neuritis: a pilot trial

A clinical trial to determine whether an oral antioxidant can prevent nerve damage in people with optic neuritis.

Vijayshree Yadav, M.D., M.C.R.

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $491,950  Term: 4/1/2011-3/31/2015

 

Lipoic Acid and Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Cognitive Impairment in Multiple Sclerosis

A clinical trial testing the benefits of combining lipoic acid and fatty acid for treating cognitive impairment in 53 people with MS.

Lynne Shinto, N.D., M.P.H.

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $44,000  Term: 4/1/2014-3/31/2015

 

Novel hyaluronidase inhibitors for the promotion of remyelination

Investigating a new avenue with potential to promote repair of myelin in MS.

Larry Sherman, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University – Beaverton, Oregon

Funding: $439,568  Term: 4/1/2013-3/31/2016

 

A Novel CD74-Dependet Mechanism for Suppressing Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis.

Preventing harmful immune cells from entering the brain as a possible new strategy to treat MS.

Gil Benedek, Ph.D.

Veterans Administration Medical Center – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $175,804  Term: 7/1/2013-6/30/2016

 

The neural characteristics of proprioceptive-related balance deficits in Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding factors that influence balance control in people with MS for clues to improving function.

Brett Fling, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $170,196  Term: 7/1/2013-6/30/2016

 

A Novel MIF Inhibitor as Therapy for MS

Pre-clinical testing of a possible new strategy to block entry of harmful immune cells into the brain in MS.

Arthur Vandenbark, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $656,966  Term: 10/1/2013-9/30/2016

 

Effect of balance training on postural responses in people with multiple sclerosis

What type of balance training can improve stability in people with MS?

Geetanjali Dutta, P.T., Ph.D.  (NMSS Postdoctoral Fellow)

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $163,103  Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2017

 

A transcriptional approach to myelin repair

Testing a strategy for increasing myelin repair in MS by manipulating a major gene in myelin formation.

Ben Emery, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon (Transfer Pending)

Funding: $502,237            Term: 1/1/2015-12/31/2017

 

Rehabilitation Research Training in Postural Control of Multiple Sclerosis

Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowship in MS Rehabilitation Research.

Fay Horak, P.T., Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University – Portland, Oregon

Funding: $432,457  Term: 7/1/2014-6/30/2019

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