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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
What if we could actually reverse the damage that MS causes
What if we could actually reverse the damage that MS causes, restoring function to those who have been living with the disease for years? MS occurs when the immune system attacks the myelin coating that insulates nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord; damage to nerve fibers—axons—also occurs, and underlies the progressive disability experienced by people with MS. The Nervous System Repair and Protection Initiative, funded through the Society’s Promise: 2010 Campaign, is bringing the dream of protecting and repairing brain tissue and restoring function within our grasp.
A specially convened National MS Society Task Force determined that the best way to speed up nerve tissue repair is to bring together experts in clinical trials and basic laboratory scientists to form partnerships. These teams could conduct all elements of the study from basic research to planning studies of neuroprotective drugs and repair strategies in people with MS.
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