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Myelin, methods and macaroni: my life as an MS researcher

Being a scientist requires dedication, resilience, and diligent application of ‘the scientific method’ but most of all, motivation.

My motivation comes from reading about people with MS and their daily lives. Knowing more about the people I could help with my research keeps me going and working hard to get results.

What to expect when you're expecting

As well as the joy of a new baby, women with MS often find pregnancy brings a second, unexpected gift - a break from relapses.

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.

My MS, my needs, our future - Why I filled in the survey

I was diagnosed with MS in 2003. Since then I have had some horrendous care (or rather non-care) from healthcare professionals. 

I have also had some fantastic care where I have been listened to and treated as a person rather than as a patient. They see how MS affects everything I do and have done all they can to help me to live my life as fully as possible.

Optic neuritis and MS: a window into the brain

A study published this week has shown a drug used to treat epilepsy can help people with optic neuritis. Surprising as it may sound, this is really good news for people with MS!

Meet the Professors behind stem cell transplantation

We spoke to Professor Basil Sharrack and Professor John Snowden who are leading on the autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT) programme at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, featured on last night’s Panorama episode.

7 things you need to know about AHSCT

After the BBC Panorama documentary ‘Can You Stop My Multiple Sclerosis', our research team put together some facts about autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT).

Under the microscope: the myelin repair race

Myelin repair is a hot topic in the world of MS research right now and so it should be.  

What is myelin?

Myelin is the protective coating around nerves – a bit like the insulation on an electrical wire. It helps messages travel smoothly and efficiently down our nerves. In MS, myelin is damaged, messages become disrupted, and this is what causes the symptoms people with MS are all too familiar with.

A sweet initiative in MS research

Could chocolate be the long awaited solution to fatigue? A group of scientists at Oxford Brookes University is going to find out.

Science behind the headlines

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Chocolate - specifically dark and hot - will be studied for its fatigue-fighting capabilities in 2016.

Lyons, zebrafish and myelin repair

We caught up with MS researcher David Lyons, to hear about his trip to Spain in the summer.

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