Nervous System Repair & Protection Team
Gavin Giovannoni, MBBCh, PhD, at Queen Mary University of London, led one of four multinational, interdisciplinary teams involved in the Society’s Nervous System Repair and Protection Initiative. The National MS Society’s bold initiative for nervous system repair and protection in MS involved the largest grants ever offered by the Society and set the stage for translating basic lab discoveries into clinical efforts to restore nerve function in people with MS.
Award: $2.8 million (out of a total of nearly $15 million for the Repair and Protection initiative).
Summary: Attempting to turn cells into vehicles that will deliver repair molecules to sites of injury in the brain, and screening molecules for their protective properties as a prelude to clinical testing in persons with MS.
David Baker, PhD
Lara Diemel, PhD
Queen Mary University of London, UK
Yuti Chernajovsky, PhD
University of London, London, UK
Lawrence Steinman, MD
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Download a report (.pdf) evaluating the outcomes of this important initiative (