Mar 08, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Susan Ashline
March 7, 2013 OFFICE: 585-271-0805 (X70344)
Upstate MS Researcher Unveils Details of Study that Could Lead to New Treatments
Highlight of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week in Syracuse
Syracuse, NY – An Upstate New York doctor whose cutting-edge research could lead to new treatments for multiple sclerosis will be unveiling details of his study at a program in East Syracuse on Wednesday, March 13, during MS Awareness Week.
This program, featuring Dr. Matthew Bellizzi, M.D., Ph.D., is the first of four programs the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter is hosting statewide to showcase Society-funded researchers across Upstate New York and discuss worldwide MS research, emerging drug therapies, current treatment options, and more. The program will also provide information on how people with MS can participate in local MS research.
During MS Awareness Week (March 11-17), the Society is offering programs to the public to help them learn more about MS and to identify sources of support for those who are currently in the process of being diagnosed or are currently living with MS. MS Awareness Week’s main focus is to spread awareness of MS and encourage people to Join the Movement® against MS.
In the Greater Syracuse area, there are more than 2,000 people living with MS. Across the state, the chapter serves more than 12,800 people living with MS and their friends, family and caregivers. Multiple sclerosis impacts and challenges the lives of more than 2.1 million people worldwide.
Dr. Bellizzi, of the University of Rochester, was awarded $263,622 to research what contributes to the loss of nerve function in multiple sclerosis and to find ways to protect the nervous system from damage. This research could provide important information and techniques for developing treatments to limit nervous system damage in MS and its resulting progressive disability. Dr. Bellizzi is looking at the development of nerve damage in mice with EAE, an animal disease similar to MS. He is also developing a system to assess nerve damage that could be useful for pre-clinical testing of drugs with the potential to slow or block that damage.
Also for MS Awareness Week, two buildings in downtown Syracuse will light up orange, which is the official color representing the National MS Society. Society volunteers undertook asking local businesses to recognize MS Awareness Week with the lighting, and as a result, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and National Grid Tower will be turning orange for the week.
What: "MS Research: The Progress, The Promise".
Why: MS Awareness Week (March 11 – 17)
Where: Double Tree Hotel, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, 13057
When: Wednesday, March 13; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Susan Ashline, Communications Manager, 585-271-0805 (x70344), Susan.Ashline@nmss.org.
About multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society Upstate New York Chapter: Multiple sclerosis, an 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. 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. The rate of diagnosis in Upstate New York is about double the national average. MS affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide and more than 12,800 people in the 50-county region served by the Upstate New York Chapter. For more information, visit www.MSupstateny.org.