More MS news articles for Nov 2001

Summary of Research Progress - 2001

November 30, 2001

This has been another exciting year for MS research. Thanks to funds provided by its chapters and private donors, in 2001 the National Multiple Sclerosis Society was able to spend almost $28 million to support research programs to find the cause, treatments and cure for MS. Over half of the Society’s $320 million cumulative investment in research has been made over the past ten years – one indicator of the accelerating pace and cost of research and our readiness to meet them.

In 2001, the Society initiated 124 new MS research projects. Thus far, the Society has committed $14.9 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 over $40 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 laboratory and clinical 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 2001. Key highlights include:

This fruitful year has brought us closer to achieving our goal: to end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.