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Search for progressive MS treatments stepped up

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Lead researcher of the new MS study, Dr Don Mahad.

An international project aimed at finding new treatments for progressive MS within the next 5 years has been announced.

In progressive MS, mitochondria – the energy-producing powerhouses in cells including nerves – don’t function properly.

This means nerves don’t get the energy they need and they die. The loss of these vulnerable nerves leads to permanent disability in progressive MS.

A team involving the University of Edinburgh and researchers Cleveland, US will use mice to explore what happens to mitochondria and their energy production in nerve fibres and nerve cells in MS.

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