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The National MS Society has developed a strategic roadmap -- the Strategic Response: 2011-2015 -- that strives to be a response to the facts of living with MS and
identifies what must be done to achieve a world free of MS. Through this response
we focus on being a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease
progression, restore function, and end MS forever.

The five research objectives outlined in the Strategic Response were developed through recommendations from our Research Programs Advisory Committee and other stakeholders in the community including researchers, physicians, and people with MS.

Research objectives

  • We better understand the mechanisms that lead to disease progression and we accelerate the development of new therapies.
  • We pursue new avenues to discover how nerve cells are damaged and potentially repaired.
  • We pursue new rehabilitation techniques and symptomatic treatments to restore neurological function and enhance quality of life.
  • We identify risk and triggering factors that cause MS, and understand the biological interactions that lead to its development so that MS can be prevented.
  • We expand and strengthen the quantity and quality of MS research worldwide to accelerate new discoveries and treatments for people with MS.

Areas of interest


Disease Progression



  • Immunologic basis of MS
  • Neuroprotection
  • Understanding and preventing MS progression
  • Measures of disease activity, imaging, surrogate and biomarkers
  • Pathology of MS
  • Health care delivery and policy
  • Clinical trials, preclinical studies, including commercial partnerships

What's Been Lost


  • Nervous system repair
  • Biology of glia/myelin
  • Cognitive and psychosocial issues
  • Patient management, care and rehabilitation
  • Clinical trials, preclinical studies, including commercial partnerships
  • Health care delivery and policy

MS Forever


  • Infectious triggers and risk factors
  • Genetics and gender differences
  • Epidemiology


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