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Thursday, December 3, 2015

MS Society of Canada Helps Fund Pediatric Study of Gut Bacteria

The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and the Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation recently announced the funding of new research on pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) and on the role played by the gut microbiome in brain and autoimmune diseases.
Although only around 5% of all newly diagnosed MS cases affect children, the study of pediatric MS might best lead to a fuller understanding of the disease.
“This small percentage of MS cases actually represents a critical opportunity to potentially discover what causes MS,” said Dr. Helen Tremlett, Canada Research chair and principal investigator on the gut microbiome project, in a news release. “Through the families, we’re typically able to get a more complete health and lifestyle history, and we’re closer to the onset of the disease; there is less history to sort through with kids, and we’re better able to pinpoint when the disease took hold.”
The project’s goal is to sequence and analyze the genomes of the human microbiome at sites throughout the body to determine whether there is a core microbiota set shared by all humans. 

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