Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Christmas survey results: research priorities



"It is clear that the majority of blog readers, who responded to our Christmas survey, want a treatment for progressive MS, both secondary and primary progressive MS."


"We are on the case and have some promising strategies to follow!"

7 comments:

  1. Wow, developing new DMDs for PPMS got quite a few votes. I've read a little about PPMS but have never met anyone suffering from it. Is it considered the worst form of MS? Why won't current DMDs work to counter it?

    The surrvey results above have piqued my curiosity about PPMS. It's a shame Wikipedia is on the blink right now.

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  2. We are on the case and have some promising strategies to follow!

    Prof G,

    Any idea of possible timescales if these promising strategies come good? I'd just like a sense of whether we are looking at 5, 10 or 15 years.

    Good luck

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  3. Ah, PPMS, the great unmet need.

    I'm glad that so many PPMS'ers were active in demonstrating the need for DMTs for the condition. I wonder if even Prof G was surprised at the 22% poll showing?

    I really hope that some thing good comes about very soon.

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  4. Prof G is away planning studies but in answer to your question of time lines, I would say ALL of the Above if they work.

    Some have started years ago, others are imminent and some will be in the distant future.

    There are many differnt approaches that we and others are invloved with.

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  5. MouseDoctor, did you watch 'Horizon' on BBC 2 last night. If not, check out on BBC iPlayer and skip to the 52 minute mark to see Prof Adam Rutherford talk to Prof Ed Boyden (Leader of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group at MIT) discussing ways in which they're developing synthetic ways to cure diseases like MS. He even mentioned MS in his talk.

    If you, or other UK readers are interested, here's the link:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01b45zh/Horizon_20112012_Playing_God/

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  6. I'll have a watch as its good to see what Adam is up to. I've known him for years when he worked in the lab before become a Pop Doc.

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  7. The Horizon documentary was amazing! I love it when MIT’s professor Ed Boyden said that the 2oth Century was all about mismanaged pharmacology; giving drugs to treat multiple sclerosis patients that negatively affects even healthy neurons in the brain, whereas modern science will be about just targeting the damaged tissue without harming normal cells. I’m excited by how quick the technology is progressing; though it’s not at the speed my MS seems to be progressing.

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