Today, we are putting our collective foot down and declaring this instant the time to take action. It is time to stop the disease, restore what's been lost, and end MS forever. We have reached the point when individual efforts can be made exponentially stronger through support and collaboration – through an MS research revolution. Join the Movement and Become an MS Research Champion today!
Stop The Disease
There are more potential MS therapies in development today than at any other time in history, and a variety of therapies exist, largely for those with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.
For some, these treatments reduce the number and severity of attacks and slow disease activity, but more must be done to stop disease progression for everyone affected by MS – including those with progressive forms.
We must find ways to stop all disease activity and prevent further progression for those who already have MS. Here’s how:
- We must better understand the role the immune system plays in the cause of MS and in ongoing disease activity
- We must pursue research leading toward clinical trials of new therapies to stop damage and progression of disability
- We must ensure that we understand health care issues and gather data to advocate for policies that enable everyone with MS to access quality care and treatment
- We must understand the mechanisms that cause tissue injury and that drive disease progression.
Restore What's Been Lost
Just a few short years ago, there was little belief that nervous system repair was even possible. Through the Society’s tireless efforts and multi-million dollar funding, there is not just belief, but a whole new field that has emerged to pursue strategies to repair the nervous system and restore function to people with MS.
Potential cell therapies are now in clinical trials, and creative new rehabilitation strategies and symptom management techniques are being explored to maximize abilities and to treat troubling symptoms.
But more must be done to give back what has been lost. Here’s how:
- We must better understand how nerves and myelin work normally, and stimulate repair
- We must aggressively pursue clinical trials of new cell therapies and other therapeutic approaches to rebuild the nervous system
- We must ensure that innovative rehabilitation techniques are developed to maximize function, and develop better ways to reduce MS symptoms
- We must provide data on optimal health care delivery and policy to fuel advocacy efforts to improve quality of care and quality of life
End MS Forever
The uncertainty of MS affects everyone with a diagnosis; uncertainty about what tomorrow might hold. But it also demands urgency to bring an end to this disease for everyone – forever.
Prevention for future generations must become a reality. Without it, we haven’t delivered a complete solution to people with MS.
Ending MS means no one will ever get this disease again. That means we need to find the cause of MS, what triggers it, and what may protect against it. Here’s how:
- We aggressively pursue studies to identify all common MS-related genes - because genes make people susceptible to MS – so that we can answer how it is triggered and how it could be prevented
- We must better understand what factors in the environment influence whether a person gets MS
- We must identify possible infectious triggers for MS