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Why I chose MS research

My name is Frances. I’m 24 years old and I recently started my PhD at Queen’s University Belfast.

After taking biology classes at university, I found I enjoyed working in a lab and loved the idea of helping people through medical research.

MRI and MS: 7 things you need to know

MRI plays a vital role in how we diagnose and monitor MS. In fact, over 90% of people have their MS diagnosis confirmed by MRI.

A research round up of 2016

2016 was an amazing year for MS research and progress is not slowing down. We look back at some of the key moments and take a sneak peek at what we can expect in 2017.

Research wins in 2016

A big moment for progressive MS

In September we announced the International Progressive MS Alliance would invest over £10 million in progressive MS research.

Behind the scenes at the MS Society Tissue Bank

I joined the Research Network in 2008 shortly after leaving my job in research. I had just had a big relapse and couldn’t work in the lab anymore. The Research Network gave me another chance to use my skills.

New research: vitamin D in pregnancy

Low vitamin D levels in newborns could increase their future risk of MS, according to new research.

Scientists found that children born with very low levels of vitamin D were more likely to develop MS in later life.

Biomarkers: the road to certainty?

One of our strategic goals is to give people with MS more certainty about their future. To help achieve this, researchers are investigating the biomarkers of MS.

What’s a biomarker?

Biological markers (or biomarkers) are detectable changes in the body. They can be anything from molecules in your blood to visible physical changes.

Can running help prevent MS?

Running has made the news recently with an animal study that looks at the impact it has on the brain. What did it show? We take a look behind the headlines.

'Temporary tattoos' and MS - what's the evidence?

Temporary tattoos have hit the headlines as research reveals a quirky new way to target the immune system. But what did the study show? We take a closer look at the evidence.

What My MS, My Needs means to me

Not always getting the care that I’ve needed has been pretty hard at times, so I was really interested in the results of the My MS, My Needs survey.

The survey aimed to find out more about access to treatment, care and support among people with MS.

An exciting headline…but is it good research?

It’s never been easier to access information about health issues. With science journals becoming more freely available and medical research receiving more media attention than ever, how can we know which research to trust?

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