Can blood metabolomics predict the course of MS?

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Lead researcher: Professor Daniel Anthony

Based in: University of Oxford

Grant we awarded: £340,227

Right now we don't have any tests that can predict if someone will go on to develop MS after experiencing their first symptoms.

We also can't predict when someone will go from have relapsing to progressive MS. This can delay diagnosis and make it hard to find effective treatments that can halt progression.

What happens in this project?

Our researchers are working to develop a blood test that can tell the difference between relapsing and progressive MS. It works by measuring a number of molecules in the blood that are found in different amounts in people with and without MS.

The test could also help to monitor how someone's MS progresses over time and quickly discover if a treatment is going to be effective or not.

How will it help people with MS?

For people living with MS, knowing what stage their condition is at is essential to understanding their prognosis and treatment options. This research could help reduce uncertainty for people around the type of MS they have and how it is progressing.

The difference you can make

MS is unpredictable and can be hard to live with. Giving people greater certainty about how their condition will progress is one of our top seven organisational goals. But we can only do this with your support.

The next research breakthrough is in reach

Your donation will help stop MS.

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£30could process one blood sample, giving researchers crucial information about genes and the immune system.

£50could pay for an hour on a microscope, so scientists can study cells and tissue in greater detail and improve their understanding of the biology of MS.

£100could pay for half an hour of MRI use, so researchers can monitor the success of clinical trials and understand MS in more detail.

Every penny you give really does take us a step closer to stopping MS. Your donation will make a difference.

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£10a month could pay for lab equipment like microscope slides to study the building blocks of MS

£20a month could pay for lab equipment like petri dishes to grow bacteria important for studying genetics

£30a month could process a blood sample to help us understand what causes MS, so we can stop it in its tracks

Your regular donation means we can keep funding world class MS research with confidence. Together we will stop MS.

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