Friday, July 16, 2010

Funding CCSVI Research

The latest research on CCSVI has left researchers, experts, and people with MS wondering about its potential relationship to multiple sclerosis. Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI), a condition in which the blood flow from the brain and the spinal cord is abnormal, has recently become a focus of MS research. A few studies have suggested that CCSVI may contribute to damage of the nervous system in people with MS.

Because only a few small studies have been conducted on CCSVI, more investigation is needed to truly analyze any possible relationship between CCSVI and MS, as well as any implications these connections might have for the treatment of MS. The National MS Society has created the Rapid Response Fund in order to further research about CCSVI and MS. The MS Society, in coalition with the MS Society of Canada, is also working to fund several grants devoted to CCSVI research and MS. More than $2.4 million dollars has already been committed to these grants, which were determined by a panel of experts to be the most effective for exploring and understanding a potential link to MS.

To learn more about studies that have been conducted thus far, click here. For more information about funding CCSVI research, click here.
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