New MS Breakthroughs and WAMS Luncheon

From potential stem cell treatments to new biomarker discoveries, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s vice president of research Dr. Karen Lee says the research work in multiple sclerosis continues to unveil new promising breakthroughs on a regular basis. “It is thrilling to see the kind of ground-breaking developments happening in MS research right nowwe are confident that more answers and improved treatments are on the horizon,” says Dr. Lee who will be attending this year’s Women Against MS (WAMS) luncheon in Vancouver.

Dr. Lee, who oversees day-to-day research operations and provides leadership for a broad range of initiatives around finding a cure and improving the quality of life for people who are affected by this chronic disease, gives an example of a new breakthrough presented at a recently held international MS research conference.

The study, presented at the 2016 European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) Conference showed that certain biomarkers found in the blood could detect levels of nerve damage in MS, Lee explained. Researchers from Switzerland looked at levels of the biomarker, and found that levels were high in people with MS, and were linked to the number of lesions, relapses, and disability. This biomarker holds promise in detecting and assessing disease progression in MS.

On November 17th, 2016, the MS Society of Canada will host the second annual Women Against MS (WAMS) luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. Through MS research-focused fundraising, WAMS strives to unite women to fight against a disease that universally and disproportionately affects women up to three times more than men. 

WAMS is a collective of professional women committed to raising research funds to end MS while participating in exclusive networking opportunities. The luncheon attracts leading professionals and organizations from a wide range of industries in support of the movement to end MS. In addition to supporting one of Canada’s leading health charities, the WAMS luncheon provides table purchasers and sponsors high profile exposure.

Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 40 and the unpredictable effects of MS can last for the rest of their lives. “Last year’s event raised over $85k for MS research thanks to those who attended. We are thrilled to be holding this event for a second time to continue this movement and bring together strong, passionate individuals who are fighting for such an important cause”, shares Tania Vrionis, MS Society of Canada, BC & Yukon President.

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