How We Will Restore Function (.pdf)
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, including psychosocial 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