What Is the Focus of Research for Multiple Sclerosis?

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I'm aware of no study that is looking at a cure right now, what we're looking at are ways to better control the immune response, and ways to prevent the barriers that allow the nervous system to recover from damage. So to that end, yes indeed, there're new therapies that are coming out that have tremendous improvements on their ability to control the progression but they may come at a cost, risk.

There's a new therapy that's been studied by Biogen Idec called Anti-Lingo, and lingo is a molecule that's found in the brain that prevents recovery. So they're working, or they're doing a trial now to see if giving this medication that inhibit lingo will it allow nervous system to recover. Another great interest of course, one that I'm involved in, is stem cells.

So, one can develop stem cells that will remyelinate damaged parts of the nervous system, perhaps stem cells that will make new neurons grow, that will return to assume function that has been lost. We're very much at the infancy of this, and although we can remyelinate mice with stem cells it's a long quantum leap to people, there's always safety issues involved, how do we know the cells won't be destroyed by the process that's damaging the brain in the first place.

So to my mind, the first thing to do is find a therapy that will shut down the immune attack, early in the course of MS as soon as it's diagnosed, that it's safe, and to restore any damage with a treatment like anti-lingo or some other therapy.