PROGRESS IMPACT REPORT

Progress Impact Report

IT’S BEEN A YEAR OF BREAKTHROUGHS THANKS TO YOU

We’re excited to share our Progress Impact Report with you, highlighting the incredible achievements that have been made in MS research over the last year because of YOU.

From the exciting laboratory research investigating myelin repair to help STOP & REVERSE MS, to improving access to clinically proven treatment options for people living with this debilitating disease – YOU have made this possible.

OUR RESEARCHERS ARE MAKING INCREDIBLE PROGRESS

2019 was a good year for MS research. But we believe the most exciting thing in MS research is yet to occur. Here are just some of the research breakthroughs you supported over the last year:

  • More than a dozen new MS research grants were awarded.
  • The first ever treatment for secondary progressive MS (SPMS) was approved in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in November 2019.
  • Research from Associate Professor Kaylene Young (pictured), funded in partnership with the Trish MS Research Foundation, showed that a non invasive method could help the brain produce more myelin. Working with Professor Bruce Taylor, this research has now progressed to the safety phase of a clinical trial, funded in partnership with the Macquarie Group Foundation and SOHN Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders.
  • Research from Dr Steven Petratos, funded in partnership with the Trish MS Research Foundation, into a drug currently used to treat a different neurological disease is showing promise for MS.
  • Two medications used to treat MS in adults were approved for use in children and added to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) – which will make treatment for children with MS much more affordable.
  • And so much more progress in Australia which you can delve into here.

Thank you for helping to fund and finance research into MS – it’s YOU that will get us to the next ‘eureka’ moment.

ms research australia funded research making excellent progress
lauren and bailey - thank you for powering ms research

TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE LAUREN HAVE A FUTURE FREE FROM MS

Lauren is 31 and has had relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis for six years.

There are no words to describe what a cure would mean for me and every single person living with this disease.

MS research is so important to me, but also to my young son and my future family.

If researchers find a cure for MS, my son could grow up with a mum who is fit and healthy and MS free.

We could go to bed each night and not have to worry what tomorrow will bring with this unpredictable disease.

For Lauren, and the 25,600 other Australians living with MS, a life without MS would be a dream come true. You can help make this dream a reality by donating to fund MS research. We need everybody’s help to make this possible.

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