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MS Research Advisory Group

February 6, 2015

The Ohio State University Medical Center Seeks Advisory Group Members.  The mission of the MS Research Advisory Group is to create a collaborative dialogue between community members and researchers to move MS research forward at OSU.  This group was constructed to 1) ensure that we are researching problems that are important to the MS community, 2) involve members of the MS community in planning and providing feedback on our research programs, 3) ensure that the MS community has immediate access to our newest research findings by sharing them directly with the community, and 4) aid in translating our research findings into clinical practice. 

Who we are looking for:

  • people with progressive (primary or secondary MS) AND asymmetric upper extremity weakness, or a family member/caregiver of such
  • willing to serve as a representative of the MS community of people with upper extremity weakness, connected to at least a few others with MS, and able to speak about the population as a whole. Sharing personal experiences is welcome, but not required.
  • willing to help share research findings with the MS community (e.g., at support groups, through social media)
  • willing to meet in person or via phone every 3-6 months with the research team
  • eager to bring a patient perspective to the research process (e.g., help us refine our research design, choose the most meaningful outcome measures, collaborate and share ideas)
  • good communicator who is unafraid to share ideas, but can also hear the ideas of others without defensiveness and come to common ground/compromise
  • no research expertise is required 
  • Note: being on the advisory group does not prevent one from also participating in the research, but participation as a research subject is not necessary.

For more information about the group, contact Lynne Gauthier at 614-293-6287 or lynne.gauthier@osumc.edu.

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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