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UK Stem Cell Foundation & MS Society Stem Cell Research Collaboration

Posted Jan 14 2010 12:00am

Press Release Source: MS Society and UK Stem Cell Foundation On Thursday January 14, 2010, 8:34 am EST

LONDON, January 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Stem cell research in multiple sclerosis (MS) has been given a much-needed shot in the arm thanks to a partnership between the UK's largest charity supporting people affected by the condition and the UK's only charity dedicated to supporting stem cell research.

The MS Society and the UK Stem Cell Foundation (UKSCF) today (Thursday) formally marked the beginning of the collaboration by announcing a call for research grant applications that can now dip into a dedicated pot of joint-funding up to GBP1million.

Dr Doug Brown, Biomedical Research Manager at the MS Society, said the partnership would "pump prime" and speed up stem cell research.

He added: "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."

The potential of stem cells as a treatment for MS has long been the subject of much interest and debate.


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