Our main effort is the creation of a large-scale, multidisciplinary MS Repository of blood samples and data from
people with MS and matched controls. We make these samples available to researchers investigating the causes of
MS and other demyelinating diseases. In exchange for access to the repository, researchers agree to return the
data they generate from the samples so that results from disparate experiments can be combined.
We are also developing a Cure Map to establish and document what is known and what is not known about the causes
of MS. From the Cure Map, Accelerated Cure Project will facilitate the research most likely to reveal the causes
of MS in the shortest time through use of our MS Repository.
Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system affecting over 400,000
people in the US and 2 million individuals worldwide. MS often results in severe disability including the inability
to walk, impaired vision or in some cases blindness, cognitive dysfunction, bladder and bowel problems, extreme
fatigue and other serious symptoms. Unfortunately, no one knows what causes Multiple Sclerosis, there is no known
cure for the disease, and treatments are modest at best.
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