MS research is essential to creating a world free of multiple sclerosis.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society funds more MS research worldwide than any other nonprofit organization. In fact, funding from the Society – made possible by individual donors and sponsors – has resulted in:
- The development of accurate and effective means to diagnose MS
- Direct involvement in all of the disease-modifying drugs available for treatment
- Breakthroughs in identifying genes that contribute to MS susceptibility—the key to understanding the cause and ultimately preventing MS
- Bringing the best minds to MS research—more than 800 scientists have had their careers launched through Society funding, leading to an unprecedented time in MS research progress
- More potential therapies in the pipeline for MS than at any other time in history
- Identified and developed entire new areas of MS research, including the discovery of nerve/myelin repair potential, resulting in early clinical trials on potential treatments
Nearly $50 million is given each year to support more than 440 research grants and training fellowships around the world.
Closer to home, the Society invests millions in Wisconsin-based researchers. Wisconsin studies cover many areas of MS research, moving progress forward in neuropathology, immunology, central nervous system repair, measuring MS disease activity and the therapy and management of MS.