Friday May 16, 2008
Menzies seeking MS funds to map disease's progression
Tasmania's Menzies Research Institute hopes a planned research project will help determine how quickly or how severely multiple sclerosis will progress in different people.
The institute is seeking National Health and Medical Research Council funding so it can give sufferers an accurate prognosis and tailor therapy to suit.
People diagnosed with MS face uncertainty, with many imagining the worst: Kate del la Motte says knowing how slowly the disease would progress, would have lightened the impact of her diagnosis.
"I think it would be a big difference, a huge difference in fact, because it's fear of the unknown," she said.
Menzies Research Institute scientists hope their research will be able to provide sufferers with an accurate prognosis, from the start.
Bruce Taylor says the project would draw on a national data base of sufferers, to determine what factors influence the disease's progression.
"If we can say who is more likely to develop MS and who's less likely, then we can stratify," he said.
"It's a very important question that needs to be answered."
Menzies needs $800,000 to fund the research.