Recruitment is now on for The Second Myer Foundation Study into Multiple Sclerosis: The MS Friends Study.
200 people living in Melbourne, Victoria with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) aged over 18 years with EDSS < 5 are needed for this study. Participants can already be taking Copaxone, Interferon or be on no specific MS therapy. Participation involves a fasting blood and urine test (to be done at one of about 13 designated Melbourne Pathology collection centres in early August) and the completion of a questionnaire. Participants may be asked to repeat the specimen collection and questionnaire in February.
All participants need to have a mobile phone and E-mail access as we will be using these technologies to help co-ordinate the study.
Participants with RRMS are asked to nominate a friend who does not have MS to also enter the study. These friends will serve as the control group. They will also have a fasting blood and urine test and complete a questionnaire. In fact, each person with MS and their friend will need to attend the same Melbourne Pathology collection centre at the same time on the same day for their blood and urine test. This will control for pre-analytical handling of serum, plasma and urine.
For more information visit www.msfriends.mh.org.au
MSRA Clinical Trials Network: The Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia Clinical Trials Network (MSRACTN) was established by MS Research Australia (MSRA) to effectively connect trial sponsors and clinical research organisations with potential trial sites, health professionals and People with MS in Australia and New Zealand.
The website includes the latest information of MS clinical trial activity and a register of MS-specific clinical trials recruiting People with MS.
Visit the website for more information: www.mstrials.org.au
MS Australia - ACT/ NSW/VIC would like to invite you to participate in this important research project which will help us further understand the type of factors involved in early departure of work. The findings will lead to more effective vocational and intervention programs to assist people with MS to maintain their workforce participation.
The researchers are currently looking for volunteers in the Sydney region who are either working or not working to take part in a study examining the likely factors (such as neurological symptoms) leading to early departure from work in people with MS. As a participant in this study, you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires and undertake some assessment tasks. Completion of the questionnaires and assessment tasks should take about one hour each. For more information about this study or to volunteer for this study please email: Ms Cynthia Honan on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please enter your contact details using the link below and we will be in touch.
MS Australia- ACT/NSW/VIC would like to invite you to participate in an on line research project being conducted by the University of New England, NSW, Australia which aims to better understand fatigue. The purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression, viral infection symptoms, sleep disturbance, and a number of specific stressors, unhealthy behaviours, psychosocial factors, and cognitions. Fatigue often has a physiological basis (e.g. viral infection), but previous research has shown that fatigue also has psychological aspects. This research is intended to help us better understand the way in which psychological factors impact on fatigue over a period of time. If you decide you would like to participate in the study, you will be asked to complete set of on line questionnaires three times (i.e., now, 6 months from now, and then 12 months from now).
For useful information to be obtained about something like MS, about which there is so much we don't know, it is vital that research occurs at all levels of the disease - this means following the disease from its onset, and through its progression. This is where the use of animals in research is invaluable, as MS can be monitored from its onset, leading to a greater chance of discovering the cause, and a greater chance of producing and developing efficient drug therapies... more information
Source of the article: Multiple Sclerosis Society, United Kingdom
We understand and respect the fact that some of our donors do not wish to fund research which may involve the use of animals. Donors have the option of requesting that they do not wish their contributions to be used in this way. Once made, the Society respects that request. Many of our research programs involve people with MS.