Our Approach
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Our approach

Our research focuses on bridging science and the real world, so every discovery and innovation is relevant to those impacted by multiple sclerosis (MS), and every aspect of living with MS is contemplated by the researchers and investigators looking to advance MS science.

Our mission

We work together to:

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Integrate diverse views from the brightest minds in our community
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Develop sustainable and scalable research platforms
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Advance the research and development of tools for clinical care
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Ensure evidence represents the experience of those living with MS
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Foster teamwork and partnership through shaping shared goals
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Help herald the future of MS care: Right Patient, Right Care

Our partners

Exchange knowledge to promote the open sharing of data within the network

Share goals to develop and communicate direction that ensures all members work toward common goals

Engage the community to provide input and help make decisions regarding research direction

 

We’re laser focused on research that matters

Impact of aging

Areas of focus include:

  • Symptoms of aging vs. MS specific symptoms
  • Cognitive impairments in aging patients with MS
  • Treatment dynamics in aging patients with MS
  • Quality of life of older patients with MS
  • Impact of age on cellular function & remyelination ability
Our Research
Biomarkers

Areas of focus include:

  • Diagnostic biomarkers
  • Prognostic biomarkers
  • Treatment response biomarkers
Our Research
Biosampling

Areas of focus include:

  • Standardized biosampling techniques & methodologies
  • Novel biosample sources
  • Shared repositories of biosamples
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Shared Decision Making

Areas of focus include:

  • Patient values in shared decision making
  • Clinical implementation of shared decision making practices
  • The impact of shared decision making
  • Shared decision making tools
Our Research
Immune Involvement

Areas of focus include:

  • The MS immune profile
  • Pharmacological manipulation of the immune system
  • Role of immune cell types in MS pathogenesis
  • Role of the central nervous system & systemic immune systems in MS pathogenesis
     
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Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs)

Areas of focus include:

  • Identification, validation & collection of MS specific PROs
  • Guidelines for the utilization of PROs in clinical research
  • Clinical implementation of MS specific PROs
  • PROs to inform management & treatment of patients with MS
Our Research
Modifiable Risk Factors

Areas of focus include:

  • Physical activity & rehabilitation
  • Diet modifications
  • Stress & depression
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle interventions & quality of life improvements
Our Research
Race, Ethnicity & Healthcare Disparities

Areas of focus include:

  • Healthcare accessibility in racial & ethnic minorities
  • Quality of healthcare ​in racial & ethnic minorities
  • Disease outcomes in racial & ethnic minorities
  • Drug response in racial & ethnic minorities
  • Role of genetics in disease outcomes
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Progressive Disease

Areas of focus include:

  • The underlying causes & risk factors of MS progression
  • Tools to both predict & monitor the transition from relapsing to progressive forms of MS
  • Therapies to prevent, delay, or slow long-term MS progression
  • Remyelination in progressive MS
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Symptom Management

Areas of focus include:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Mobility impairment
  • Bladder & bowel dysfunction
  • Impact of lifestyle interventions on quality of life
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