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February 2016

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It’s a leap year—you get an extra day this month to make an impact in the MS movement! How will you make your mark? We have some suggestions: Kiss Goodbye to MS, or register for Walk MS, Bike MS or Run MS. Keep current on Society news and activities at or

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Managing career decisions

WAS_2016_eNews-Feb-EmploymentAs a complex and unpredictable disease, MS can have varying effects on a person’s ability to work. Whether you’re newly diagnosed, managing ongoing MS symptoms, interviewing for a new job, an employer looking for more information about accommodations or you have a co-worker who lives with MS, we’ve got you covered! Register for the upcoming telelearning mini-series on employment and check out the employment resources below.

Research progress in 2015

ResearchThe Society’s Research Programs Advisory Committee met last week to determine research priorities for the coming year. As we look to the future, let’s also shine a light back on the important research progress made in 2015. To highlight only a few...
  • Positive results were reported from three phase 3 trials of an experimental therapy called ocrelizumab (Genentech, a member of the Roche Group), showing positive impacts in relapsing MS and, for the first time in a large-scale trial, a modest impact in primary progressive MS.
  • Promising results were reported from a phase 2 clinical trial of the leading myelin repair strategy called anti-LINGO (Biogen). Those given anti-LINGO had faster nerve signals thought to be an indicator of myelin repair along the optic nerve compared to those on placebo.
  • Society-supported researchers found that MS-like disease in mice responded differently to a high salt diet, depending on their genetic makeup and gender, offering a clue to understanding whether reducing salt can inhibit MS immune attacks.
Together, we are changing the pace of MS research progress and accelerating life-changing impact for everyone living with MS.

Walk MS participant spotlight

WAS_2016_eNews-Feb-Hal-FernandezMorgan Stuller began participating in Walk MS when she was 14 years old so she could help find a cure for her father, who lived with MS. “It was really the only gift I could give to him—by showing him how much MS meant to me, too. And still does.” This year, the first Walk MS since her father, Hal, passed away, she is sharing his remarkable story and walking in his honor. “I can't get him back, but I can keep walking in hopes that someone else gets more time with their loved one.”
Hal's Story
Walk for yourself or your loved ones at Walk MS this year—register today!

Stay at Home Telephone Support Group

telephone-supportAre you or someone you know living with MS and looking to connect with others from the comfort of home? Dial into this monthly teleconference to meet others living with MS and talk about your questions or concerns in a supportive environment. For more information, contact Mary at
Third Wednesday of each month, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST
1-888-279-3775, code 4001#

Kiss Goodbye to MS!

Kiss-Goodbye-to-MSAre you ready to Kiss Goodbye to MS? Make a gift, wear red lipstick or a red shirt, share a photo and ask others to do the same! Your gift will help end MS forever and will provide people affected by MS with the support, information and resources they need to live their best lives on a global level.

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