The MS Society and the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF) formally marked the beginning of a collaboration by announcing a call for research grant applications that can now dip into a dedicated pot of joint-funding up toGBP1million.
Dr Doug Brown, Biomedical Research Manager at the MS Society, said: “We’re delighted to announce this partnership that is the first of its kind and look forward to receiving applications for research funding.”
“Stem cells are showing real promise in MS, and the sooner we can take the science from the bench to the bedside, the sooner people with MS will get the answers they so desperately need.”
In 2009, the MS Society convened an International Consensus Meeting for stem cell therapies and MS and a number of international experts put forward the view that MS is a condition that could benefit greatly from targeted and increased stem cell research investment and the collaboration is in direct response to that.
The MS Society and UKSCF will work together to raise awareness of MS and stem cell research with the aim of attracting high quality research applications.