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The research triple whammy that will stop MS

We now know enough about what goes wrong in MS to know what needs to be done to fix it. 

Scientists are working on three ways to tackle MS: stopping the immune damage, promoting myelin repair and protecting nerves from damage.

We're not there yet, but we believe that if we achieve these goals then we can stop MS.

International Women’s Day: doing science like a girl

Dr Veronique Miron from the Edinburgh Centre for MS Research

Running your own lab is rewarding and challenging, writes MS researcher Dr Veronique Miron.

When I was little I drove my parents mad by always asking ‘why’ - I wanted to know how everything worked. So it was natural for me to choose a career in science. 

MS and dementia - what's the evidence?

New research has suggested a link between dementia and 18 autoimmune conditions, including MS.

However, the researchers note that it's only a small increase in the risk of anyone – with or without an autoimmune condition – developing dementia.

Month of birth and MS – what’s the evidence?

The month you were born in can affect what class you’re in at school, but can it influence how likely you are to develop MS? We dive into the research behind it.

Month of birth effect

In 1987, researchers started to investigate the link between the month you were born in and the risk of developing MS.

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.

Mind the gap - getting care and services research to the clinic

It can sometimes take years for research findings to be rolled out in clinics. The gap between clinical trials and the clinic means that people often miss out on services that were developed with them in mind.  

We want to make sure that everyone has access to the therapies, services and support that are right for them. And we’re working hard to make sure that happens.

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.

What's new?