Some Questions and Answers About Society-Funded MS Research
Does the Society run its own labs?
No. This would duplicate facilities already available at top-notch universities. The Society instead funded investigators working on projects at their own institutions.
Where does the Society’s research money go?
Our research money supports a spectrum of grants, collaborations and training fellowships, which includes support for research personnel, supplies and equipment. We also support scientific workshops to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas and to facilitate communication of new findings in a field that, woing to the nature of MS, encompasses may different scientific disciplines.
What percentage of Society expenses supports the research mission?
According to our latest annual report, research programs accounts for 39 percent of all Home Office expenses. When expenditures of our nationwide network of chapters and the Home Office are combines, research accounts for 17 percent of all money spent by the Society.
How does the Society decide which direction we should be taking in research?
Strategic research decisions are made through a process of consensus building among advisors and specially constituted groups engaged for this purpose. Our Research Programs Advisory Committee (see Peer Review committees) is charged with ongoing review of the state of MS research and recommending areas for new focus or changed emphasis. The Society is currently engaged in consensus-building on a Roadmap to guide our research funding in coming years.
A four-day Stem Cell Research Summit convened by the National MS Society and the MS International Federation January 16-19, 2007 brought together leading stem cell and MS experts from around the world to explore the potential of all types of stem cell research for the treatment, prevention and cure of MS. Read a summary of findings from the summit (.pdf).
A Few Places Where the Society is Supporting Cutting-Edge Research
Johns Hopkins University
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
UCLA and UC San Francisco
University of Cambridge, UK
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Medical University of Vienna
Montreal Neurological Institute
University of British Columbia
University of Zurich
Opportunities for researchers to apply for funding to test their novel ideas or to get research training