Burden Neurological Institute

Burden Neurological Institute

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Burden Neurological Institute

Multiple sclerosis is the commonest disabling disease of the nervous system in the UK. Although new treatments, such as interferon, have become available, sadly they are not a cure. So multiple sclerosis continues to cause handicap and disability, often serious. And as a life-long illness, it is not only young adults that are affected but the middle aged and elderly too. We have built a steadily expanding Multiple Sclerosis team, dedicated to research into the cause and treatments of disability in MS. We believe in this powerful team approach to studying this disease, and developing and delivering new treatments, including stem cell therapies for patients with MS

Stem cells seem to have two separate important effects. First, they may help prevent inflammation. Second, they may be able to help repair areas of damage in the brain and spinal cord in patients with MS. Our work is based entirely on studying adult stem cells, which have both these properties – we do not do research on human embryos. We have now commenced early clinical trials of bone marrow stem cell treatment in patients with MS, in addition to our more laboratory-based research and we hope to extend and expand such clinical trial work in the near future.

  • Stem cells for MS patients

    Multiple sclerosis is common but incurable. Therapies using patients’ own stem cells co... More