Tuesday, Mar 10th, 2003 - 10:40 AM EST
The Boston Cure Project announced Tuesday it will establish a research center in Boston to study genetic and environmental causes of multiple sclerosis.
The blood, tissue and data bank will officially launch this spring and will collect blood samples from Massachusetts residents with MS and their families. The samples will be made available to investigators. The results will be collected in the data bank, making them available to researchers for comparison.
The Boston Cure Project, a national nonprofit organization, is looking for financing to expand the blood, tissue and data bank. It also is developing a "cure map," which will outline a strategy for MS research.
The Boston Cure Project was co-founded in 2001 by high-tech entrepreneur
Art Mellor, who has MS, and his doctor, Timothy Vartanian, chief of the
division on demyelinating diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
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