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Summary Of Research Progress

December 13, 2002

The year of 2002 saw rapid research progress in the fields of science and medicine that impact our understanding of the unpredictable neurological disease of multiple sclerosis. Thanks to its generous contributors, the National MS Society was able to invest over $30 million this year into MS research projects in the U.S. and abroad.

In 2002, the Society initiated 120 new MS research projects. Thus far, the Society has committed more than $18 million to targeted research initiatives including the MS Lesion Project, the Sonya Slifka Longitudinal MS Study, and individual projects exploring genetic aspects of MS and gender differences. We now have some $50 million in current and future commitments to over 300 MS research projects, for which money must be raised.

Significant advances have been made in both clinical and laboratory studies in MS. As the world’s largest private supporter of MS research, the Society has been at the core of many of these advances during 2002. Key highlights include:

 This year, more than ever before, investigators harnessed new tools, such as gene-chip technology and new MRI-based imaging techniques, in the fight against MS. These new technologies are allowing researchers to revisit age-old questions about this disease in exciting new ways, and may lead to answers that will allow doctors to stop the immune attack and ultimately, repair tissue damage to restore function in individuals with MS.

© 2002 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society