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In Memoriam: Charles and Margery Barancik

December 20, 2019

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we note the passing of Charles and Margery Barancik, two powerful visionaries of the MS movement. They have been a driving force to accelerate pathways to new treatments and ultimately a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Their belief that one creative and driven individual can accelerate a world free MS gave rise to the Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research, which recognizes an exceptional scientist or team whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality.
Chuck and Margie often noted that “MS has affected our lives in many ways. We want a world without MS.” The MS community has lost two remarkable leaders and we join their family in mourning their loss.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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