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To encourage innovative research into highly promising areas and to improve MS patient care, the National MS Society launched the Promise 2010 Campaign. Our Chapter has pledged to raise $250,000 to fund four targeted areas that hold great potential in the fight against MS, but which have so far been under-explored.

The Promise: 2010 Initiative Target Areas

  • Nervous System Repair and Protection Initiative 
    This bold new initiative for tissue repair and protection in MS involves the largest grants ever offered by the Society and sets the stage for translating basic lab discoveries into clinical efforts to restore nerve function in people with MS. Interdisciplinary teams will develop non-invasive tools and models, and design clinical trials to pave the way for clinical testing to restore function in people with MS. 
  • Pediatric MS Centers of Excellence 
    There are about 8,000-10,000 children or adolescents who have MS, and another 10,000-15,000 who have experienced what may be symptoms of MS. This disease is more difficult to diagnose in children, and many pediatricians are not familiar with MS. For these reasons, the National MS Society is establishing regional pediatric MS centers to set the standard for pediatric MS management and care and offer optimal medical and psychosocial support to children and their families. The centers will also create the framework to conduct critical research both to understand how best to treat childhood MS, but many believe that studying MS in children holds great promise for unlocking the mysteries of MS in adults.
  • The Sonya Slifka Longitudinal MS Study  
    The first study of its kind in the U.S., the Sonya Slifka Longitudinal MS Study is a repository of in-depth information about the lives of people with MS. Investigators are collecting detailed data from a national sampling of 2,000 individuals. This study integrates clinical information, healthcare practices, and socio-economic data to learn what happens to people with MS over time and what factors influence the long-term course of MS.
  • The MS Lesion Project 
    This international collaboration seeks patterns in the MS damage seen in brain tissue and attempts to correlate those findings with actual clinical signs, symptoms, and responses to therapy. This effort provides vital information on the underlying pathology of MS and the impact of specific treatments. With this knowledge, we can map out better ways of treating people who exhibit specific patterns of disease.

Click here to view the Summer 2008 Newsletter

Click here to view the National MS Society Promise 2010 website

For more information about the Promise 2010 Campaign, please contact Barbara Travis, Vice President of Donor Development, 516.740.7227 or 631.864.8337 ext. 224 ~ btravis@nmssli.org.