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Resources for Researchers

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports a variety of research and information resources that may be useful to you in your research and/or clinical programs.


Multiple Sclerosis Tissue Banks
The Society supports two facilities which store brain and spinal cord tissues, spinal fluid, and other specimens from persons who had MS during their lifetimes. These samples are frozen or otherwise preserved very soon after the death of the donors. The banked tissues are carefully catalogued along with information about the donor's medical history and are made available to qualified investigators.

The Society supports a DNA bank that gathers, holds, and can make available to qualified investigators clinical and genetic information from carefully documented cases of persons with MS and their family members. This unique resource is part of the Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Group, a consortium of scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Duke University Center for Human Genetics.

Data and Blood Specimens from the Slifka Study—
A Longitudinal Dataset for MS

The Sonya Slifka Longitudinal Multiple Sclerosis Study is a study of a representative sample of over 2,000 people with MS funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to address a wide variety of research questions. Qualified investigators may apply to the National MS Society to use the Slifka Study interview data and/or blood samples for research projects that are deemed appropriate and of benefit to people with MS.
Find out more about the Slifka Study

Atlas of MS Database (from the MSIF)
Information and data on the epidemiology of MS and the availability and accessibility of resources to diagnose, inform, treat, support, manage and rehabilitate people with MS worldwide are available in one database for analysis and comparison at country, regional, and global levels.

Large-scale Patient Database: The Sylvia Lawry Centre
The Sylvia Lawry Centre for MS Research has been building a large-scale database of patient information from over 20,000 patients since 2001. The information is from placebo arms of major clinical trials conducted over the last 20 years, as well as other data as it becomes available. The Centre, originally launched by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation with co-funding from the National MS Society and other partners, is now open to qualified investigators wishing to develop statistical models, explore hypotheses or check the plausibility of research findings published by other research groups.
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  • Rehabilitation Research HQ
    Resources promoting successful rehabilitation research in multiple sclerosis, including tools that you need to pursue scientifically sound and clinically relevant rehabilitation research

  • Professional Resource Center
    The Professional Resource Center of the National MS Society provides a wealth of information and services for MS healthcare professionals including clinical consultations, clinical bulletins, professional publications, research updates, professional education opportunities, consultation on the development of National MS Society-affiliated clinical facilities, announcements of meetings and conferences, and links to other Internet resources.

  • Current Grants Funded by National MS Society (PDF)
  • Results Published by National MS Society Grantees
    Selected listing of recently published articles from the scientific literature authored by Society grantees and others, with convenient direct links to the National Library of Medicine's PUBMED service.

MS International Federation's World of MS Research News
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Last updated June 11, 2007