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MS Research in Wisconsin

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a driving force of MS research to stop disease progression, restore function that has been lost and end MS forever. The Society’s investment in research totals more than $870 million since its founding in 1946, including funding researchers in Wisconsin. 

Meet Wisconsin’s researchers and learn about recently funded projects in the state.
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News Updates

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Dr. Shing-yan Chiu receives Society research award
April 6, 2015

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has committed $28 million to support 84 new MS research projects and training awards, including Wisconsin’s Dr. Shing-yan (Bill) Chiu, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Chiu, who received a $612,977 grant, is studying mouse models with features similar to progressive MS to investigate possible new approaches to stopping MS progression. 

Nerve fibers, responsible for sending and receiving information in the brain, spinal cord and to and from the rest of body, can be damaged during the course of MS, causing progressive disability. One possible reason for this damage is an abnormal accumulation of mitochondria, the tiny energy factories in the nerve cell. This accumulation may “clog” the nerve fibers, contributing to their impaired function. Dr. Chiu and his colleagues are looking at whether deleting a molecule called syntaphilin, which acts like a glue for mitochondria inside the fibers, can reverse the accumulation of mitochondria and improve disease severity. They are studying this in several mouse models with features similar to secondary-progressive MS. 

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Wisconsin residents inducted into Volunteer Hall of Fame   
November 8, 2014

Wisconsin residents Alexander Ng, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M., and Kelly Malucha, R.N. and MS Certified Nurse, and were inducted in the National MS Society Volunteer Hall of Fame during the Society’s Leadership Conference, November 6-8. Dr. Ng was inducted for his work in MS research. Malucha was inducted for her efforts in programs and services. To read more about the Volunteer Hall of Fame, click here
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