May 29 is World MS Day

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Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a neurological disorder that is a leading cause of disability in young adults. May 29 is World MS Day; started in 2009, it is a global campaign to raise awareness of MS which affects more than 2 million people world-wide and an estimated 400,000 Americans. There is no cure for MS and current therapies have only limited benefits to slow disease progression. Learn more about MS on Research!America’€™s fact sheet.


The 2012 theme for World MS day was 1000 Faces of MS; this theme has carried over into 2013 with a deeper focus on six individuals living with MS and their individual mottos to live by’€”mottos that have helped them overcome so many obstacles. You can join Research!America member National Multiple Sclerosis Society in celebrating the resilience of MS patients across America who will be sharing their mottos on social media. The MS International Federation invites everyone to answer the question ’€œwhat’€™s your motto?’€ What words inspire you through adversity, whether it is MS or other obstacles you face in life.

Medical research is essential to discovering better therapies and one day finding a cure for MS and countless other diseases. From uncovering the basic cellular mechanism of disease to conducting clinical trials of new therapies, the entire medical research pipeline depends on federally funded research. New therapies for MS have made it to clinical trial, like studies currently underway at the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health. Patients need sustained federal funding for biomedical research to discover tomorrow’€™s cures. Join Research!America in calling on Congress to make medical research a national priority. Follow the national conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #curesnotcuts and learn about the week of messaging here.

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Without continued support for health research, many of the most promising young scientists, their ideas and a myriad of potentially life-changing scientific breakthroughs will vanish into oblivion.
Paul Marinec, PhD; University of California San Francisco