Jan 15, 2013
Moving MS Research Forward
Efforts in MS research have changed what was once an untreatable disease in 1993 to one for which there are now nine FDA-approved treatments, as well as more and better scientific information on how to care for people with MS. The Society is one of the largest funders of MS research and in 2012 alone invested more than $44 million – nearly a 10% increase from 2011 – in more than 350 new, ongoing and promising research projects.
“It is inspirational to look back on 2012 and see such positive movement,” said Chapter President Annette Royle-Mitchell. “This progress is possible because of those who get involved in the MS movement. We need to keep the momentum going to stop MS, restore what’s been lost and end MS forever.”
Here are several notable highlights:
- The approval of a second oral therapy teriflunomide (Aubagio®), now making nine FDA-approved therapies for relapsing forms of MS. Two additional emerging treatments were also submitted to the FDA for hopeful approval in 2013.
- The launch of the International Progressive MS Collaborative, the largest effort to date to speed research to stop progressive forms of MS (see next page).
- The discovery of what could be a target of the immune attack in people with MS may lead to new understanding of the disease and new treatment strategies.
- The completion of the first human trial of an experimental therapy targeting myelin repair.
- Progress in restoring functions using innovative rehabilitation techniques, including memory enhancement using a technique involving stories and imagery to solidify learning, and improving balance and mobility with specific exercises.
- Advances in uncovering MS triggering factors, bringing us closer to finding ways to prevent the disease; and many other advances pushing us closer to a world free of MS.
A more detailed press release recapping research in 2012 is available on the Society’s website. Visit tinyurl.com/d7b3ytt].
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Learn more about the MS NOW campaign and be part of the MS revolution that is helping to move research forward to STOP the disease, RESTORE what's been lost and END multiple sclerosis forever. Visit nationalMSsociety.org/research. Tell your friends!