PIVOTAL MS NEWS - Leaders from National MS Society Meet with Dr. Zamboni to discuss CCSVI
Posted Feb 10 2010 12:00am
Feb 09, 2010 Leaders from National MS Society Meet with Dr. Zamboni at NYU-hosted Scientific Presentation
National MS Society leaders met with Paulo Zamboni, MD today in advance of his invited lecture at New York University’s MS Center of Excellence. Dr. Zamboni, of the University of Ferrara in Italy, is a vascular surgeon who has put forth the hypothesis of a connection between CCSVI, or blocked blood flow in the brain, and MS.
In meetings and during today’s lecture, Dr. Zamboni suggested that if further evidence supports the link between MS and CCSVI, that its treatment may ultimately add to the arsenal of therapies available for MS. He also emphasized the need for more research on his hypothesis, and noted that it is still not proven whether CCSVI is a cause of MS or possibly a product of MS.
Dr. Zamboni also noted that people with MS should remain on their immunomodulatory therapies as has his wife after her endovascular surgery.
The National MS Society is aggressively pursuing this potential MS lead by undertaking the funding of new research on CCSVI in MS. Today (February 9) is the deadline for investigators to submit their research applications on this topic to both the National MS Society and the MS Society of Canada.
An international panel of experts will conduct an expedited review of the applications, and funding decisions will be announced in June 2010.The Society shares in the public urgency to expeditiously advance any lead that has the potential of stopping, repairing or preventing MS.
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