18-month progress reports from seven studies on venous blockage and MS

Research Teams Report on 18 Months of Progress from MS Societies' Initial Studies on CCSVI and MS

On January 27, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada published the 18 month progress reports from the seven US and Canadian MS Societies funded multi-disciplinary teams investigating CCSVI (chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency) in MS. The results indicate that they are making good progress toward providing essential data and critical analysis as these two-year projects move toward their completion. The research teams have recruited and scanned a broad spectrum of people with MS and others to build understanding of who may be affected by CCSVI. In addition, they are refining CCSVI imaging methods for accuracy and consistency to reliably validate the occurrence of CCSVI and understand its implications in the MS disease process. Already more than 800 people have undergone scanning with various imaging technologies being used by the studies.

The next update on the work of the seven grantees will be reported in six months.