Eleven collaborative research centers have been established by the National MS Society to speed the search for the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis. Several centers are focusing on myelin repair:
Jeffery D. Kocsis, PhD (Yale University), whose team is testing ways, such as cell transplantation, to protect and repair central nervous system tissue.
Moses Rodriguez, MD (Mayo Clinic), whose multidisciplinary group is screening small molecules for their potential to stimulate myelin repair.
Charles D. Stiles, PhD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), who is leading an investigation into possible strategies for repairing the damage to nerve-insulating myelin that occurs in MS.
Bruce D. Trapp, PhD (Cleveland Clinic) and colleagues, who attempting to stimulate cells that can generate new myelin damaged by MS.