Research projects spotlight
We're the biggest charitable funder of MS research in the UK, and right now we're investing over £20 million in 66 research projects.
And until we find a way to stop MS, every penny raised — with your help — really can make a difference.
Here are a few examples of research projects that your support has helped to fund…
Project lead: Professor Daniel Altmann
Institution: Imperial College London
Funding received: £109,576
Understanding the immune system and its role in developing MS is a key area of research. Certain types of immune cell appear to be involved in MS — but we need to get the full picture. Armed with further evidence and insight on how specific immune cells affect MS development, we can in turn develop even more effective ways to treat the condition.
Researchers in this project are investigating one type of immune cell in particular: "Natural Killer cells". By investigating how these cells interact with proteins and other cells in the body, this project intends to reveal another layer of understanding in what causes MS.
Boosting myelin repair
Project lead: Professor Sue Barnett
Institution: University of Glasgow
Funding received: £150,362
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.
The theory among scientists is simple – we need to find ways to put myelin back on nerves. Professor Barnett and her team are working to test the benefits of a modified version of heparin, which has been shown to promote myein repair.
Want to stop MS?
Our vision is a world free from the effects of MS. But we need to continue funding world-class research projects — just like the ones mentioned above — to help us get there.
There has never been a more crucial time for MS Research in the UK. From breakthroughs in MS treatments, to figuring out what causes it — we’re edging closer to beating MS.
Little by little, step by step, your contributions can — and will — help us go all the way.
Our vision is a world free from the effects of MS. But we need to continue funding world-class research projects — just like the ones mentioned on this page — to help us get there.
There has never been a more crucial time for MS Research in the UK. Little by little, step by step, your contributions can — and will — help us beat MS.