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A moment that changed MS research: 20 years ago today

Professor Richard Reynolds at the MS Society Tissue Bank

On 16 January 1998, Professor Richard Reynolds set off to personally collect the first human brain for the MS Society Tissue Bank at Imperial College. Since then, the centre has grown to become a vital resource for researchers all over the world.

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.

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.

The MS Tissue Bank: a no brainer

We’ve been funding the MS Tissue Bank since it was set up in 1998. We caught up with research nurse, Ville Pitkaaho, to find out what it’s all about and what really goes on behind closed doors.

Infections and MS – what’s the evidence?

The chance of someone developing MS can be influenced by environmental factors, with lots of discussion centring on whether bacterial or viral infections could trigger or perhaps worsen MS.

Model of a globe-shaped virus with protruding spikes

Does salt intake play a role in MS?

Salt crystalsYou may have seen headlines about a potential link between salt and MS - a result of two studies published in the journal Nature yesterday showing that salt can increase the production of potentially harmful TH-17 immune cells, and that a high salt diet can make mouse models of MS worse.

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