The Society’s commitment
The mission of the National MS Society is to mobilize
people and resources to drive
research for a cure and to address
the challenges of everyone
affected by MS.
✥ Discovery of the potential
for neural repair
✥ Getting more potential MS
therapies into the pipeline than
at any other time in history
In 2010 we spent $36 million to
support 325 research initiatives.
Cumulatively, the Society has
invested in excess of $721 mil-
lion (through 2010) to support
research. Our funding has been
Stopping the progression of
Restoring function that’s been
Ending the disease forever
We will achieve these goals by
pursuing all promising avenues;
engaging the best and bright-est minds; connecting people,
resources and ideas; speeding
development of treatments; and
identifying and filling gaps.
Our research focus through 2015
reflects the Society’s Strategic
Response priorities, moving us
✥ Better understanding the
scientific mechanisms that lead to
✥ Accelerating the development of new therapies (see cover
story, page 21).
✥ Pursuing new avenues to
discover how nerve cells are damaged and potentially repaired.
✥ Developing new rehabilitation techniques and symptomatic
treatments to restore neurological
function and enhance quality of
✥ Identifying risk and
triggering factors that cause MS,
and understanding the biological interactions that lead to its
development so that MS can be
✥ Expanding and strengthening the quantity and quality
of MS research worldwide to
accelerate new discoveries and
treatments for people with MS.
Our research focus will move
us closer to reaching our vision—
A World Free of MS. ✥