- Aged between 18 and 40
- Diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) in the last five years
- Thinking about starting a family in the near future, or had a child/been pregnant, or decided against having children
If so, we are looking for people to participate in a research project aimed at understanding the impact of MS on pregnancy and having children. The results from this research would be used to help raise awareness and support for people with MS with children or who would like to start a family.
Participants (around 6-8) would attend one of three planned meetings (provisionally London, Birmingham & Leeds) lasting around two hours to explore all the potential issues and factors related to decisions on having children and MS. No preparation is required for the meeting. The meetings would take place in March or April at readily accessible, central locations. The meetings would help inform the development of a questionnaire, which we aim to have completed by over 100 women with MS later this year.
The research is being led by Professor Gavin Giovannoni (Professor of Neurology, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry), Dr Martin Duddy (Consultant Neurologist, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Dr Helen Ford (Consultant Neurologist, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust), Mr George Pepper (Co-Founder of Shift.ms), and Del Thomas (MS Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hereford County Hospital).
A research company called Strategen, who have a propriety research methodology suited this project, will help run the research.
If you would like to be involved in one of the meetings (either London, Birmingham or Leeds), please e-mail email@example.com with your name and preferred location. Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed after the meeting along with a token of appreciation for your time.
CoI: This project is being funded by Teva UK Limited.