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Track record of progress

In 1946 the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was founded, and in 1947 the Society sponsored its first three research projects. Today our investment in innovative research totals $868 million, and with this investment we’ve:

  • Recruited more than 800 new MS researchers to the field
  • Provided early career support and funding to nearly every thought leader in MS research
  • Set standards in diagnosis, symptom management, pediatric MS, complementary and alternative medicine, rehabilitation research, clinical trial strategies and stem cell research
  • Established the MS field of nerve and myelin repair which resulted in trials for treatment
  • Drove research uncovering genes contributing to MS susceptibility and new treatment avenues
  • Paved the way for all existing therapies – none of which existed 20 years ago

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MS research is the Society’s highest priority, and we are increasing our annual investments yearly to drive solutions for every single person with MS.

Our goals

Restoring what’s been lost

In just a few short years, a whole new field has emerged to pursue strategies to repair the nervous system and restore function to people with MS

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Comprehensive approach

MS research is the Society’s highest priority, and we are increasing our annual investments yearly to drive solutions for every single person with MS. Because MS is a complex disease that is different for every individual, we take a comprehensive and focused approach that can propel knowledge, better treatments, health care policies, and new disease management therapies forward, faster. We drive research and collaborate worldwide to stop MS in its tracks, restore lost function, and end the disease forever – for every single person with MS.

We pursue all promising paths, while focusing on three priority areas:

  • Progressive MS
  • Nervous System Repair
  • Wellness and Lifestyle

And while we drive our priority areas, we remain nimble to seize promising new opportunities.

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Progressive MS research

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Research on CCSVI

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