MS Research Australia has joined with our long-time funding partner the Trish MS Research Foundation to offer an exciting new grant opportunity that focuses on collaborative translational research conducted in multi-disciplinary teams.
The Trish MS Research Foundation was inspired by Trish Langsford who sadly passed away in 2002 at the age of 30 with a severe form of MS. The Trish MS Research Foundation was established with the specific goal of finding a cure or preventive strategy for MS. MS Research Australia and the Trish MS Research Foundation have worked together since the inception of MS Research Australia in 2004 to fund vital MS research around the country.
The new grants will fast-track the clinical testing of interventions that will improve outcomes for people living with MS. The successful projects will tackle the shared strategic goal of both MS Research Australia and the Trish MS Research Foundation to stop and potentially reverse MS.
The grants will boost work in the pre-clinical stage that is working up to clinical trials or support clinical studies of interventions that repair myelin or provide neuroprotection. The grants aim to accelerate interventions that can prevent or reverse disability and symptom progression in MS and encourage a multi-disciplinary approach to solving these challenges.
This focus aligns with the top research priority of finding a cure for MS via repair and regeneration of cells identified in MS Research Australia’s survey of the MS community. The survey also identified the community’s very strong interest in translational research that will move more quickly to the clinic. Projects funded via this new scheme will need to have a clearly articulated pathway to clinical application that will make a difference to people living with MS.
The grants were made possible through two generous bequests to the Trish MS Research Foundation.
“We are blessed and very grateful to have received a substantial bequest from Mia Polykarpou, who had lived with MS since 1998 and was a generous, significant supporter of the Trish Foundation. As well, we are grateful for the large bequest from Joan Goff, the Former Deputy Headmistress of Trish’s school, Ravenswood School for Girls,” said Foundation Chair, Carol Langsford.
This initiative is a great example of what can be achieved when people leave a gift in their will for MS research. Leaving a gift in a Will ensures that vital research will continue beyond your own lifetime. Gifts in Wills help to ensure that MS research can continue until it is stopped and reversed. The Trish Foundation and MS Research Australia would like to gratefully acknowledge the late Mia Polykarpou and Joan Goff for their wonderful support.
Applications for this scheme are now open and will close 12th April 2019. Researchers interested in learning more about the grants and the eligibility requirements please visit the Trish MS Research Foundation website or the MS Research Australia website.