July 31, 2002
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has just launched three new research programs to speed the search for a cure and enhance its ability to find answers to health policy/services questions pertinent to individuals with MS. The implementation of these programs will add a minimum of $5 million to the Society’s research obligations over the next five years. The Society currently spends some $32 million annually to support MS research, and is the largest private funder of MS research in the world.
The Society’s new Collaborative MS Research Center awards are aimed at stimulating creativity and interaction among investigators working within and outside MS fields, providing 5 years of flexible funding to pursue new MS collaborative goals. (The deadline for applications is October 1.) Additional details are available at the following link: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Research-centers.asp
The new Career Transition Fellowships focus on attracting new MS researchers to the field by providing a bridge of five years of research support to help postdoctoral research fellows move into their first faculty positions. (The deadline for applications is September 1.) Additional details are available at the following link: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Research-CareerTransition.asp
In addition, a new in-house health care policy research program will enable the Society to quickly respond to short-term health services and health policy research questions and needs. This program supplements the Society’s long-standing health care delivery and policy research contract program.
These new programs stem from recommendations of a recent Institute of
Medicine study, which was commissioned by the National MS Society to explore
whether any new ways could be found to speed its mission to end the devastating
effects of multiple sclerosis.
© 2002 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society