Stopping MS is possible say lead scientists
Multiple sclerosis could be stopped as early as 2025 with a range of treatments for everyone with the condition in late stage trials.
This news follows a series of scientific discoveries which have led researchers to believe treatments that stop disability progression are achievable soon.
The MS society are now wanting to raise £100 million over a ten-year period to accelerate the new research.
Marlow resident Trishna Bharadia, 39, lives with relapsing MS and is a MS Society Ambassador and competed on BBC One’s ‘The People’s Strictly’ Comic Relief special in 2015.
Trishna said: “MS has an influence on almost every single thing I do, every single day. It impacts relationships, work, and family life. I worry about the future; whether I will lose my eyesight and my upper limb mobility, or if I’ll end up with bladder and bowel incontinence.
“Stopping MS would bring back certainty to my life.”
The innovative trial will allow researchers to test many potential drugs simultaneously, saving time, money and being able to deliver the treatments more efficiently.
This has never been done before in neurology and when fully funded could potentially stop MS.
Nick Moberly, Chief Executive at the MS Society, said: “Research has got us to a critical point, and we can see a future where nobody needs to worry about MS getting worse.
“That means not living in fear you’ll be reliant on a wheelchair, or one day lose your independence entirely.
“The worldwide MS community is coming together to help us achieve our ambitious goal to stop MS. But we need to act now, because people with MS can’t wait.”
To donate to the Stop MS Appeal or for more information visit mssociety.org.uk/stop. Or text FUTURE6 to 70800 to donate £5.