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Emerging research and treatments

There's never been a more exciting time in MS research.

On this page you can read about some of the most active areas of MS research.

Visit our treatments in trials page for the latest clinical trials results for MS

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Immune system and MS

To stop MS, we need to step in when the immune system goes wrong. In MS, the immune system becomes confused and attacks the protective myelin coating around our nerves.
Read about the immune system and MS
Photo: Immuno fluorescence at the Edinburgh lab

Myelin repair

To stop MS we need to find treatments that repair the damage to the myelin coating around nerves. Read about the latest myelin repair research, including  clinical trials.
Find out about myelin repair research
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If we can find drugs that can protect nerves from damage then we have the potential to stop MS getting worse, and even reverse disability for some people.
Find out how neuroprotection could help in MS

Progressive MS

Find out about the latest research into progressive MS, including our international collaboration, the Progressive MS Alliance.

Find out what we're doing about progressive MS

Stem cells

Stem cells are hugely exciting. They are a key research tool and they’re being developed as treatments.

Find out about HSCT

Read about MSCT

Find out about how stem cells are used in research

Vitamin D

We're learning a lot about the role that vitamin D plays in MS, but we still don’t know if taking vitamin D supplements could help to manage MS. Find out what we're doing to change this.
Read about our vitamin D research


Genetics is the study of our genes and how they might be linked to conditions like MS. We've learned a lot about how genes might influence the risk of developing MS. Researchers are using this to learn more about MS risk in families, and to help develop new treatments.
Find out about genes and MS


 We know that MS can differ in men and women. We’re now working to understand the role hormones like oestrogen and testosterone play in MS. 
Read about hormones

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