Stop MS history
Today is the most exciting time there's ever been for the treatment and management of MS. We know what everyone with MS wants - no relapses, no build up of disability and no uncertainty - and we know how to do it. We need to raise £100 million for ground breaking research that will make it happen.
Twenty-five years ago there were no disease modifying therapies (DMTs) for MS. Today there are over a dozen licensed treatments for people with relapsing forms of MS, and one for some people with primary progressive MS.
But these treatments only work for some and there are no treatments that can completely stop the progression of MS.
Decades of research have led to major advances in our understanding of MS. We’re now in a position to build on that success and stop MS once and for all.
Our research story
We were founded in 1953 by Richard and Mary Cave, who had MS. We've been raising money for research ever since, funding our first symptom management project in 1959.
Since then, we’ve invested £220 million in research, which has led to significant progress in MS treatments. And we've been led every step of the way by our community of people who know MS.
Some of our biggest milestones include:
- establishing the MS Society Tissue Bank
- setting up the MS Research network
- founding world class MS research centres in Cambridge and Edinburgh
- launching the UK MS Register.
We've come a long way since 1953. But we need to do more. And that means a significant investment.