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Portland VA center starts MS program

Tuesday, December 10, 2002
compiled by Columbian staff

The Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center is establishing a national multiple sclerosis center in conjunction with the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

The VA is establishing a similar center in Baltimore to help treat the 50,000 veterans suffering from multiple sclerosis. The two sites will receive about $8 million over the next four years to expand clinical care, research and education related to multiple sclerosis.

The Pacific Northwest has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the nation, affecting one in every 1,000 people, said physician Dennis Bourdette, co-director of the new center and staff neurologist at the Portland VA Medical Center. About 2,500 veterans served by the Portland VA suffer from multiple sclerosis.

"There's no cure yet," Bourdette said, "but we are making progress. I'm excited about the many advances we're seeing in research to develop new treatments and targeted therapies."'

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