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Collaborators Co-Funded by the National MS Society Discover How Myelin-Making Cells Move Into Place – May Help Find Ways to Repair Myelin Damaged by MS

January 26, 2016

A team led by Dr. Stephen Fancy at the University of California, San Francisco, with collaborators at five other U.S. research institutions, conducted a series of studies to pinpoint how young cells with potential to make nerve-insulating myelin move into their proper places along blood supply routes in the developing brain. Since myelin is damaged during the course of multiple sclerosis, this basic discovery is likely to contribute to knowledge needed to find ways to repair myelin and restore function in people with MS.  Their discovery was published on January 22, 2016 in the journal Science.

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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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