The holy grail of MS research; finding the immune signature of an MS cure. #ClinicSpeak #MSResearch #MSBlog
"What is an epiphany? I am not talking about in the biblical sense."
"Standing on the start-line of the Vitality British 10km London run yesterday made me realise how fortunate I am to be in 'good enough shape' and 'healthy enough' to be able to run 10km to help raise money for charity. We always tend to take the things we have for granted until they are taken away from us. It also made me think about what it must be like for someone who develops MS and realises that they may not be able to remain physically active due to the consequences of their disease."
"Three things; (1) we need to make sure we disseminate the knowledge that MS disability, both physical and mental, in the modern era, is tractable (epiphany 1). We now have therapies that can prevent, or at least delay, the onset of disability. We need to get the community to adopt the principle of early effective treatment and treat-2-target. (2) We need to study the immunology of induction therapies in more detail. We have to find the immune, or viral, signature that defines an 'MS Cure' (epiphany 2); we can't expect MSers to wait 20 years to find-out for themselves if they have been cured or not. I know that latter is the holy grail of MS, but there is no reason why we shouldn't try as a community. (3) We need to improve services for MSers; this is not a national, but an international, initiative. It is only through access to healthcare that we can achieve the above objectives (epiphany 3)."
"A big thank you to the Barts-MS Team - Klaus, Paul, David (aka the MouseDoctor) and Bonnie - for running yesterday. We have almost reached our target of £2000."